In Off Year For Israel, Morocco Is Etrog Hot Spot

09/22/2015 - 20:00

Assads, Morocco — Why the Jews want etrogs each fall, Mohammed Douch does not entirely understand. What he does know is that Jewish buyers are his main customers.

Jewish merchants come from around the world to buy from Moroccan etrog growers like Mohammed Douch in Assads. Ben Sales/JTA

Morocco Jews Pray For Rain At King’s Request

01/13/2014 - 19:00

At the request of the king, prayers for rain were held at synagogues throughout Morocco.

The prayers were recited on Saturday, one day after Muslims said similar prayers in mosques at the request of King Mohammed VI, the Moroccan daily Le Matin reported. The king made the request upon learning that Morocco may suffer a drought this year.

Kosher Couscous: Or, How Paris Got Its Jews Back

The publishing trend of telling history through food may be approaching its end. In any event, Mark Kurlansky pretty much has the genre cornered, telling history through oysters, cod and salt.

Sukkot In Casablanca

10/19/2006 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Of all the synagogues in all the towns in all the world, Lens chose to highlight this one. Here's looking at the Festival of the Tabernacles, as celebrated in the only Arab country to have a Jewish museum and two Jewish schools. Only 5,000 Jews live in Morocco, down from about 270,000 at the end of the 1940s. But a robust crowd, and not just the usual suspects, turned out in Casablanca to celebrate the festival last week. No doubt, next year they'll be ready to play it again.

The Royal Treatment

06/29/2000 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Could Moroccoís new monarch, King Mohammed VI, have gotten any sweeter coverage from his own state-controlled media as he did from American media on his recent trip to the States?Timeís (June 26) headline crowned him ìThe King of Cool.î After all, heís ìhip. Charming. Mod. Mohammed VI is the Beatles of Arabian royalty.î The Beatles! Heís the Hip One; Bashar Assad is the Quiet One; Jordanís Abdullah is the Cute One, and Arafat still looks like Ringo.

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