Sephardic Jewry and Mizrahi Jews Volume XXII

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  • Copyright: 2008-02-15
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Volume XXII of the distinguished annual Studies in Contemporary Jewry explores the major and rapid changes experienced by a population known variously as "Sephardim," "Oriental" Jews. and "Mizrahim" over the last fifty years. Although Sephardim are popularly believed to have originated in Spain or Portugal, the majority of Mizrahi Jews today are actually the descendants of Jews from Muslim and Arab countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. They constitute a growing proportion of Israeli Jewry and continue to revitalize Jewish culture in places as varied as France, Latin America, and the United States. Sephardic Jewry and Mizrahi Jews offers a collection of new scholarship on the issues of self-definition and identity facing Sephardic Jewry. The essays draw on a variety of disciplines--demography, history, political science, sociology, religious and gender studies, anthropology, and literature. Contributors explore the issues surrounding the emergence and increasingly wide usage of "Mizrahi" in place of "Sephardic," as well as the invigoration of Sephardic Judaism. They look at the emergence of Sephardic politics in Israel through the dramatic rise and continuing influence of the Shas political party and its spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. Other contributors examine the variegated nature of Mizrahi immigration to Israel, fictional portraits of female Mizrahi immigrants to Israel in the 1940s and 1950s, contemporary Mizrahi Israel feminism, modern Arab historiography's portrayal of Jews of Muslim lands, and the changing Sephardic halakhic tradition.

Author Biography

The Studies in Contemporary Jewry series is edited by Jonathan Frankel, Eli Lederhendler, Peter Y. Medding, and Ezra Mendelsohn, who teach Jewish history, society, and politics at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Peter Y. Medding, the editor of Volume XXII, is Dr. Israel Goldstein Professor Emeritus of Zionism and the State of Israel of the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is author of Jewish Identity in Conversionary and Mixed Marriages and The Founding of Israeli Democracy 1948-1967, among other titles.

Table of Contents

"Sephardic and Oriental" Jews in Israel and Western Countries: Migration, Social Change, and Identificationp. 3
Jews of Muslim Lands in the Modern Period: History and Historiographyp. 44
The Brief Career of Prosper Cohen: A Sectorial Analysis of the North African Jewish Leadership in the Early Years of Israeli Statehoodp. 66
From Arab Diaspora to Eretz Israel: Literary Portraits of Mizrahi Female Immigrants in the 1940s and 1950sp. 100
The Sephardic Halakhic Tradition in the 20th Centuryp. 119
"Zikui Harabim": Ovadia Yosef's Approach toward Religious Activism and His Place in the Haredi Movement within Mizrahi Jewryp. 150
Studying Haredi Mizrahim in Israel: Trends, Achievements, and Challengesp. 169
Breaking Their Silence: Mizrahi Women and the Israeli Feminist Movementp. 193
Conditional Homelands and Diasporas: Moroccan Jewish Perspectivesp. 210
Sephardic/Mizrahi/Arab-Jews: Reflections on Critical Sociology and the Study of Middle Eastern Jewries within the Context of Israeli Societyp. 227
Review Essays
The Shaping of Israeli Historiography of the Holocaustp. 259
The Rabin Assassination: Looking Back at a National Traumap. 267
Book Reviews (arranged by subject)
Antisemitism, Holocaust, and Genocide
Jack R. Fischel and Susan Ortmann, The Holocaust and Its Religious Impact: A Critical Assessmentp. 279
Yosef Gorny, Between Auschwitz and Jerusalemp. 280
Gabor Kadar and Zoltan Vagi, Self-Financing Genocide: The Gold Train, the Becher Case and the Wealth of Hungarian Jewsp. 282
Orna Kenan, Between Memory and History: The Evolution of Israeli Historiography of the Holocaust, 1945-1961p. 259
Renee Poznanski, Jews in France during World War II, trans. Nathan Bracherp. 284
Rochelle G. Saidel, The Jewish Women of Ravensbruck Concentration Campp. 286
Biography, History, and the Social Sciences
Judith Deutsch-Kornblatt, Doubly Chosen: Jewish Identity, the Soviet Intelligentsia, and the Russian Orthodox Churchp. 289
Zvi Gitelman (ed.), The Emergence of Modern Jewish Politics: Bundism and Zionism in Eastern Europep. 291
Jeffrey S. Gurock, Judaism's Encounter with American Sportsp. 294
Uzi Rebhun, Hagirah, kehilah, hizdahut: yehudei arzot habrit beshilhei hameah ha'esrim (Migration, community, and identification: Jews in late 20th-century America)p. 296
Yuri Slezkine, The Jewish Centuryp. 298
Aaron Surasky, Melekh beyofyo: toledot hayav po'alo vedarko bakodesh shel maran hagaon R. Yehezkel Abramsky (The life and holy path of R. Yehezkel Abramsky)p. 302
Language, Literature, and the Arts
Samantha Baskind, Raphael Soyer and the Search for Modern Jewish Artp. 305
Bryan Cheyette and Nadia Valman (eds.), The Image of the Jew in European Liberal Culture 1789-1914p. 307
Yaron Peleg, Orientalism and the Hebrew Imaginationp. 310
David M. Schiller, Bloch, Schoenberg, and Bernstein: Assimilating Jewish Musicp. 312
Donald Weber, Haunted in the New World: Jewish American Culture from Cahan to The Goldbergsp. 314
Religion, Thought, and Education
David Ellenson, After Emancipation: Jewish Religious Responses to Modernityp. 317
Peter Eli Gordon, Rosenzweig and Heidegger: Between Judaism and German Philosophyp. 319
Tamar Ross, Expanding the Palace of Torah: Orthodoxy and Feminismp. 323
Hava Tirosh-Samuelson (ed.), Women and Gender in Jewish Philosophyp. 325
Zionism, Israel, and the Middle East
Dana Arieli-Horowitz, Yozerim be'omes yeter: rezah Rabin, omanut upolitikah (Creators in overburden: Rabin's assassination, art and politics)p. 267
Yoram S. Carmeli and Kalman Applbaum (eds.), Consumerism and Market Society in Israelp. 328
Michael Dumper, The Politics of Sacred Space: The Old City of Jerusalem in the Middle East Conflictp. 330
Lev Greenberg (ed.), Zikaron bemahloket: mitos, leumiyut, vedemokratiyah (Contested memory: myth, nation, and democracy)p. 267
Dvora Hacohen, Immigrants in Turmoil: Mass Immigration to Israel and Its Repercussions in the 1950s and Afterp. 333
Don Handelman, Nationalism and the Israeli State: Bureaucratic Logic in Public Eventsp. 336
Charles S. Liebman (ed.), Rezah politi: rezah Rabin urezihot politiyot bemizrah hatikhon (Political assassination: the murder of Rabin and political assassinations in the Middle East)p. 267
Yoram Peri: Yad ish beahiv: rezah Rabin umilhemet hatarbut beyisrael (Brothers at war: Rabin's assassination and the cultural war in Israel)p. 267
Yoram Peri (ed.), The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabinp. 267
Shulamit Reinharz and Mark Raider (eds.), American Jewish Women and the Zionist Enterprisep. 338
Stephen Spector, Operation Solomon: The Daring Rescue of the Ethiopian Jewsp. 341
Contents for Volume XXIIIp. 345
Note on Editorial Policyp. 347
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