Berber Influences in Moroccan Jewish Music

April 13 2016

In modern times, Moroccan Jewry was divided between the more urban Jews of the Arabic-speaking coastal area, many of whom were descended from exiles from Spain, and those of the Berber (or Amazigh) areas in the mountainous hinterlands. Samuel Torjman Thomas explains how the combined influences of these two Jewish cultures created the distinctive elements of Moroccan Jewish music:

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More about: Arts & Culture, Jewish history, Jewish music, Moroccan Jewry, Piyyut, Sephardim

Exploring the Political Significance of the Seder Liturgy

April 6 2020

Besides being one of the most beloved of all Jewish texts, argues Meir Soloveichik, the Haggadah is also a foundational work of Jewish political philosophy. He explains why this is so—and much else about this deceptively simple work—in an eight-part audio course. Listen to the first lecture here, and click on the link below for the entire series. (Other options for download and streaming are also available.)

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More about: Haggadah, Jewish political tradition, Seder