Leaving Lithuania

There are many facets of the Mizrahi story that remain unknown.

Nine-year-old Yemeni Jew Salim Moussa reads the Torah with an elder. Photo by Ed Ou/Getty Images.

Nine-year-old Yemeni Jew Salim Moussa reads the Torah with an elder. Photo by Ed Ou/Getty Images.

Response
June 15 2014
About the author

Aryeh Tepper teaches at Ben-Gurion University and is a senior research fellow at its Center for Israel Studies. He is also the director of publications for the American Sephardi Federation.


Matti Friedman’s “Mizrahi Nation is a thoughtful, engaging, and highly commendable introduction to an overlooked dimension of Israeli history and society. Wisely warning at the outset that he won’t “try to offer anything resembling a comprehensive history,” Friedman nevertheless succeeds in highlighting many of the important ways in which Middle Eastern sensibilities now inform manners and mores in the Jewish state. Naturally I have a few quibbles, but in what follows I intend not to argue with his narrative but to supplement it.

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