Israel’s ‘Other Half’

The Jews of Arab lands in the Jewish state.

03/07/2016 - 13:20

Growing up in Israel in the 1950s as a child of Yemenite émigrés, I learned the standard Zionist Israeli narrative. It was of the great sacrifices made by Ashkenazi European Jews — settling and cultivating the land, building kibbutzim and the city of Tel Aviv out of the sand. All of this, decades before the State of Israel won independence in 1948.

Musician Mike Karuchi, from Morocco, photographed in his home in Beersheva, 2015. Zion Ozeri

Voice Of Israel’s Sephardim

10/08/2013 - 20:00

It was a testimony to the influence and longevity of the life of the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef that the health updates on an ailing rabbinic leader were headline news in Israeli newspapers and broadcasts in recent weeks. Outside of haredi, or ultra-Orthodox circles, in which Rabbi Yosef played a prominent role for more than a half century, most Israelis have little interest in aging rabbis.

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