Preserving Sephardi Judaism for the Future

A bibliography of the publications of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews and other Sephardim

About

This website is designed to preserve the intellectual, cultural and historical heritage of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews, sometimes referred to as "Western Sephardim" or the "Portuguese Nation", who are part of a wider circle of Sephardic communities. This preservation project is also intended to assist in restoring Sephardi Judaism as a living culture, following many ruptures that have taken place affected it's ability to passmit's values and learning methods to new generations. The name "Western Sephardim" itself is a bit of a misnomer, as whilst this tradition features adapting to elements of western dress, decorum and manners, this very adaption itself is something Sephardim have done all around the world for centuries and is a continuation in the West of what Sephardim did in the East. The intellectual learning methods are the same between different Sephardim and many Sephardim from other parts of the world assisted in helping the Portuguese Jews in re-establishing their communities following the horrors of the inquisition.

To find out more about the Spanish and Portuguese Jews, please see the Wikipedia entry on this subject. There are also many useful and informative websites about these communities in the links section of this website.

There is a Pan-Sephardic bibliography for important works from the wider Sephardi community, including works of Jewish law, philosophy, literature and history and a small section of important works by Ashkenazim that communicate well to the Sephardi tradition. There is a MENA bibliography covering works related to Islam, Christianity, Mediterranean society and culture, the Middle East and relevant works of philosophy and knowledge. This is to help aid people in accessing works that are important to both Sephardi history and to understand the context in which they lived until the middle of the twenty-first century. This site is incomplete and is an on-going project. Updates appear regularly.

When making this website and selecting relevant titles, I had the following quote in mind from Abraham Levy and Lucien Gubbay's book The Sephardim:

... the traditional Sephardi attitudes of accommodation and tolerance may have something to offer modern Jewish society, deeply polarised towards its extreme. They point out that the terms 'Orthodox' and 'Reform' are both Ashkenazi concepts- as indeed was reform in response to the European Enlightenment, and the vigorous reaction against it.

They continue:

In their better periods, Sephardim managed to achieve a rare synthesis between their own intense religious consciousness and the world around them. They led well-balanced lives, both as devout Jews and as members of society at large. This was demonstrated by the breadth of their learning and accomplishment- not only in Judaism but also in the full range of secular activity. Sephardi interpretation of Jewish law was marked by an openness and tolerance which resulted from many generations of living at ease with their neighbours.

I'd  like to thank some people whose contributions have made the formation of this bibliography possible. First, I'd like to thank Rabbi Jonathan Cohen for introducing me to websites and resources with a wealth of information about the Spanish and Portuguese Jews. Rabbi Cohen's websites and books appear in different sections of this website. Another thank you goes to Rabbi Jose Faur whose brilliant scholarship and teaching of the Sephardi tradition has helped keep our intellectual culture hanging by a thread. His books were also a great source of materials and acted at times as a guide. I'd also like to thank David Shasha from the Centre for Sephardic Heritage, Brooklyn, NY for his promotion of Sephardic books and his annual book recommendations list which has helped guide me in compiling this website. Professor Ammiel Alcalay's books have been a point of discovery of many Sephardi writer's and intellectual's and without them, many names and the works that belong to them would be even more obscure than they already are. Stephen Schwartz and his book on Bosnian Jewry was also extremely helpful in exposing titles related to Jews from that region. I'd also like to mention the late Professor Maria Rosa Menocal whose books are a gateway into the world of Iberian literature and culture.


The list of books below provides access to as many titles as possible related to the Spanish and Portuguese tradition. It does not attempt to be the most exhaustive list of books ever printed and in a number of instances I use the meta data of the most recent publication of a title instead of earlier editions. This is especially true of older books. Many of the out-of-print titles are available second hand through a number of second hand booksellers and come back into print from time to time. Aside from a small number of titles, the majority of books in this list are easily obtainable. 

The bibliography is separated into subject tables:

Table 1Halacha, Theology, Customs and Minhagim
Table 2Miqra, Commentary and Sermons
Table 3History and Synagogue's
Table 4Grace After Meals, Haggadot, Prayer Books and Other Guides
Table 5Biographies and Memoirs
Table 6Music Books
Table 7Fiction, Poetry, Home and Miscellaneous
Table 8Other Books about Judaism with Significant Mention of the S&P
Table 8.1Other S&P Items
Table 9Discography


Table 1: Works of Halacha, Theology, Customs and Minhagim

Whilst this section is concerned with religious treaties written by our ministers, I'm only including those titles with a known recent or recent-past physical publication by a professional printer, that is not too historic. Many titles that are long out of print are available from online archive websites and an extensive list of publications by Portuguese Sephardim, mostly as scanned pages, is available here: https://homens-da-nacao.blogspot.com/2013/03/western-sephardic-intellectual-tradition.html









AuthorTitlePublisher/YearISBN/ASINKeywordsLanguagePictureIn-print?
The following book is available from: Yeshivat Ahavat Shalom, 12 Rechov Levi Yitzak MiBerditchev, Jerusalem (265₪). ישיבת אהבת שלום, 12 רחוב לוי יצחק מברדיצ'ב, ירושלים
Rabbi Shem Tob Gaguine
רבי שם טוב גאגין
Keter Shem Tob
כתר שם טוב
1936
Halacha, Minhagim, Amsterdam, London, Laws, Rituals
הלכה, מנהגים, אמסטרדם, לונדון, חוקי, טקסים
Hebrew/ עברית-כן
ספר
דויד ניטוהכוזרי השני- מטה דן(2009) מוסד הרב קוק
David Nieto, Oral Law, London, Livornoעברית-כן
ספר

לינק
חזקיה די סילוהפרי חדש(1691) זיכרון האהרון, ירושלים
ירושליםעברית-כן
ספר
רבי רפאל מלדולהחופת חתנים1991
ובו כל העיניינים הקשורים בנישואין. דפוס ירושלים תשכ"א.

עברית-כן
ספר

לינק
מנשה בן
  ישראל
נשמת חייםהוצאה לאור
מהודרה ראשונה/ 1858 

אמסטרדםעברית-כן
ספר
רבי עובדיה מברטנורה
*
ששה סדרי משנה (סדר זרעים) הוצאת ספרים אשכול / 1951
משנה, ספרדי האיטלקיעברית-כן
ספר


Jakob Josef PetuchowskiThe Theology of Haham David Nieto: An eighteenth-century defence of the Jewish traditionKtav Publishing House (1970)978-0870680151David Nieto, London, Livorno, Oral LawEnglish-No
Book
Link to open source 
The following book is a complete translation. Parts 1-2 were translated by Louis Loewe, parts 3-5 were translated by Raphael Loewe.
David NietoMatteh Dan

David Nieto, Oral Law, London, LivornoEnglish, Espanol, Hebrew, עברית-Yes
Book
Link to Product
The following series of books were translated by an enthusiastic academic from South America. Whilst it is a brilliant project, I cannot be 100% sure that the translations can speak in the manner of the original text, conveying the ideas of the subject as the translator does not have a background in Hebrew, Rabbinic Judaism and an outsider to the Sephardi community was used for the Hebrew. This note is for all books in this series. 
David Nieto  On Divine Providence or Universal Nature: First Unabridged Edition in EnglishWalter Hiliger (2019)9782956185949Ethics, Judaism, Sermon, David Nieto, London, NatureEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Manasseh Ben IsraelOn Ressurection of the Dead: De la Resurrecion de Los MuertosShehakol (2021)9781735673769AmsterdamEnglish/ Spanish-Yes
Book
David NietoThe Triumphs of PovertyCreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2018)
English/ EspanolEnglish/ Espanol-Yes
Book
E-book
Isaac OrobioPhilosophical Case in Defence of Divine and Natural TruthShehakol Inc (2020)1735673706Amsterdam, Rabbi, Converso, PortugalEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital

Marriage Laws and Customs

Ceremonies, Traditions, Minhagim, London

English-Yes
Book

Link to product
G.H WhitehillThe Mitsvot: A Guide for Parnassim

Decorum, Gravidade, London, Tefillah, Services, Minhag, Customs, RiteEnglish-Yes
Book

Link to product
Abraham Levy and Lucien GubbayPrayers for Use in a House of Mourning and Death and Mourning in Jewish TraditionOffice of the Spiritual Head of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation London
Death, Burial, Life cycle, ritualsEnglish with prayers in Hebrew-Yes
Book

Burials and Stone-Setting BookHeshaim
Life cycleEnglish with prayers in Hebrew-Yes
Book
Moses AngelThe Law of Sinai and it's Appointed TimeAmazon Digital Services LLCB07DV152B7London, Jewish Free SchoolEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital


Henry Pereira MendesThe Jewish Religion Ethically PresentedIndependent (2019)9781097264056Religion, Judaism, Manchester, Shearith IsraelEnglish-Yes
Book

Digital
Online text
Josephine LazarusThe Spirit of JudaismWentworth Press (2019)9781010197508
JudaismEnglish-Yes
Book

Emily Solis-CohenWomen in Jewish Law and LifeThe Jewish Publication SocietyB07QXYBS3MReligion, PhiladelphiaEnglish-No
Book
Miriam Mendes BelisarioSabbath Evenings at HomeHardPress (2018)B07D59W614Bevis Marks, London, Jewish ritualEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Charlotte MontefioreA Few Words to the Jews, by One of ThemselvesNabu Press (2010)9781145682801London, Jewish PhilosophyEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Sabato MoraisItalian Hebrew LiteratureJewish Theological Seminary of America (1926)B0000EESBDJTS, New York, Italian Rabbi, Italian JewsEnglish-No
Book
Eliyahu BenamozeghIsrael and Humanity (Classics of Western Spirituality Series)Paulist Press (1995)9780809104608Religious Humanism, Livorno, Italy, Sephardi Philosophy, Fez, MoroccoEnglish-Yes
Book
Eliyahu BenamozeghJewish and Christian EthicsThe Perfect Library (2015)B011F0AZDUHumanism, Livorno, Italy, Sephardi Philosophy, Fez, Morocco, Christianity, MonotheismEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Samuel UsqueConsolation for Tribulations of IsraelJewish Publication Society (1977)9780827600959Italy, Ferrara, ConversoEnglish-No
Book
Grace AguilarShema Israel: The Spirit of JudaismForgotten Books (2012)B00875KVQSLondon, Religious Reform, Bevis Marks, FemaleEnglish-Yes
Book
Grace AguilarThe Jewish Faith: it's spiritual consolation, moral guidance, and immortal hopeAmazon Digital Services LLCB01IYM68NI (2016)London, Religious Reform, Bevis Marks, FemaleEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Eliyahu BenamozeghIsrael Et L'Humanite: Etude Sur Le Probleme de la Religion Universalle EtSa Solution Por Elie BenamozeghAl Sadiqin Press (2018)9781717571014Religious Humanism, Livorno, Italy, Sephardi Philosophy, Fez, Morocco, NoahideFrancais-Yes
Book
Alessandro GuettaFilospfia e Qabbalah: Saggio sul pensiero di Elia BenamozeghThalassa De Paz (2000)
Religious Humanism, Livorno, Italy, Sephardi Philosophy, Fez, Morocco, KabbalahItaliano
Samuel Usque

Consolacao as tribulacoes de Israel


B0000D6F5J
Italiano
-No
Book

Link to download
David NietoDe la providencia. O sea naturaleza universal, o natura naturante. Tradato theologico, dividido  en dos dialogos,... Segunda edicion corregidaShehakol Inc (2020)B08KWJT6P3David Nieto, Theology, Livorno, LondonItaliano/Multi-lingual-Yes
Book

Digital
David NietoDe la Divina Providencia o Naturaleza UniversalIndependent (2019)9782956185956
Espanol-No
Book
Digital
Isaac OrobioCaso Philosofico en Defensa de la Verdad  Divinae ac NaturalisShehakol Inc (2002)BO8HW3TDYYAmsterdam, Rabbi, Converso, Portugal, Walter HilligerEspanol-Yes
Book
Digital
Yehonatan Elazar-DemotaMinhath Eleazar: Manual de los Ritos Y Costumbres de los Sefaradies OccidentalsWord Wise (2017)B071DTLMNP
Espanol-Yes
Book
Digital
Yehonatan Elazar-DemotaTus Amores son Mejores que el Vino: Guia Matrimonial segun el Rito Sefaradi OccidentalWord Wise (2017)B071VF24P9
Espanol-Yes
Digital


* רבי עובדיה מברטנורה

"משנה" 
יש אינסוף פרסומים של פרשנות זו

יש פרסום דיגיטלי בחינם מספריה
https://www.sefaria.org.il/texts/Mishnah/Commentary/Bartenura 


Table 2: Miqra, Commentary and Sermons

AuthorTitlePublisher/YearISBN/ASINKeywordsLanguagePicture In-print?
שם טוב גאגיןפחד יצחק על התורה: דרשותמכון אהבת שלוםSKU: 210000033539דרשותעברית-כן
ספר
רבי שלומה שלםדברי שלמה

פירוש על התורה כולל מדרש אגדות והלכות, צילום דפוס אמשטרדאםעברית-כן
ספר

לינק
משה דויד קסוטופירוש על ספר בראשיתמגנס / 19449652235024Genesis, Italian Rabbiעברית-כן
ספר


משה דויד קסוטוספרות מקראית וספרות כנעניתמגנס / 19799652233161מקראעברית-כן
ספר
משה דויד קסוטו* תורה/ נביאים/ כתובים

14 ספרים
יהושע אורנשטין, הוצאת ספרים "יבנה" בע"מ
מקראעברית -כן
ספר
אליהו בן אמוזגאם למקרא1862
פירוש/ מקראעבריתLink to online text
The 'Livorno Mishnah' stops that aids the student in reciting the text 

ליבורנו .משנה

משניותMishnaic Hebrew
-No
Book
As evidenced by the old Mishnayoth printed in years gone by, they include extra indices to help in the recital process which is sung to a melody. There is an example below from Haham Y. Elazar DaMota. 
רבי אבנדנה עם אדם בוראלאמסרדאם. משנה

משניותMishnaic HebrewAvailable online here
Link to video
מנשה בן ישראלאמסרדאם. משנה

משניותMishnaic HebrewLink to online copy
David de Sola Pool (compiled by Rabbi Marc Angel)Rabbi David de Sola Pool: Selections from six decades of sermons, addresses, and writingsUnion Sephardic Congregations (1980)9780814807538

Sermons, Amsterdam, EsnogaEnglish-No
Book
Marc SapersteinExile in Amsterdam: Saul Levi Morteira's Sermons to a Congregation of New JewsHebrew Union College Press (2005)9780878204571Sermons, Amsterdam, EsnogaEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital

George BelascoThe God of Our Fathers and Other SermonsUlan Press (2012)

B00B3E73U2Montefiore Foundation, Mikra, EnglandEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Moshe Umberto CassutoA Commentary on the Book of Genesis: Part 1 - From Adam to Noah; Part 2 - From Noah to AbrahamMagness Press (1961)B000WSSFRAMikra, Commentary, Italy, Rabbi, LivornoEnglish-No
Book
Moshe Umberto CassutoA Commentary on the Book of ExodusPublisher's Row/ Varda Books (2005)9781590458745Mikra, Commentary, Italy, Rabbi, LivornoEnglish-Yes
Book
Maurice GaguineAll the days of my life: Sermons, Essays, LecturesZeebra Printing (1994)9780952227014 
Sermons etcEnglish-No
Book

Isaac LeeserThe Twenty-Four Books of the Holy Bible (translated to English with short explanatory notes)Forgotten Books (2018)9780243387199Mikra, Commentary, Philadelphia, American Jewish HistoryEnglish-Yes
Book
Isaac Aboab da Fonseca (updated text by Ilana Kohler)

Parafrasis comentado del PentateucoEditora Sefarad (2018)

B07C7M6Q25
(ASIN)
Mikra, commentary, Isaac Aboab da Fonseca

Espanol-Yes
Book
E-book
Rabbi Moses GasterSeder, Parasha, Perek, Pisuk and Kissa: A Study of the Divisions of the TanakhCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform (2013)9781942184526MikraEnglish-Yes
Book
E-book
Haham Solomon GaonMinhath Shelomo: a commentary on the Book of prayer of the Spanish and Portuguese JewsUnion of Sephardic Congregations (1990)9780881253511Prayer. Alslo, David de Sola Pool, Moses Gaster, E R Jessurun, Jacob HadidaEnglish
-No
Book


* משה דויד קסוטו: תנ"ך. יש הרבה הדפסים טקטס זה. סיפקתי שתי דוגמאות נוספות.
הוצאת "יבנה" בע"ם תל אביב / 1984
הוצאת "יבנה" בע"ם תל אביב /



Table 3: History and Synagogues

AuthorTitlePublisher/YearISBN/ASINKeywordsLanguagePictureIn-print?
יוסף קפלןהפזורה הספרדית המערביתמודן, האוניברסיטה / 1994
ספרדים, לונדון, ליבורנו, אמשרדםעברית-כן
ספר
Moses Gaster History of the Ancient Synagogue of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews in EnglandNP London (1901)
Original
9781331591559
(recent re-print)
Bevis Marks, HistoryEnglish-Yes
Book
Stephen BirminghamThe Grandees: America's Sephardic EliteOpen Road Media (2015)B017APD6WQNew York, USAEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Tirtsah Levie BernfeldPoverty and Welfare among the Portuguese Jews in Early Modern Amsterdam (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization)The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization (2012)9781904113577Welfare, Tzedakah, Holland, Seventeenth-Century, Eighteenth-CenturyEnglishc
David and Tamar de Sola PoolAn Old Faith in the New World: Portrait of Shearith Israel 1654-1954Columbia University Press (1955)B000FH513YNew York, United States, Synagogue, New AmsterdamEnglish-No
Book
Daniel M. SwetschinskiReluctant Cosmopolitans: The Portuguese Jews of Seventeenth-Century AmsterdamLittman Library of Jewish Civilization9781904113126Amsterdam, New Christians, Migration, Economic LifeEnglish-No
Book
Albert Montefiore HyamsonThe Sephardim of England: A History of the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish Community 1492-1952Methuen (1951)B0000CI2Z2London, England, Creechurch Lane, Bevis Marks, MontefioreEnglish-Yes
Book

Link to product
Aron Di Leone LioniThe Hebrew Portuguese Nations in Antwerp And London At The Times of Charles V And Henry VIII: New Documents and InterpretationsKtav Publishing (2005)9780881258660 
London, AntwerpEnglish-Yes
Book

Miriam BodianHebrews of the Portuguese Nation: Conversos and Community in Early Modern AmsterdamIndiana University Press (1999)9780253213518Amsterdam, Conversos, 17th century, Communal Records, New ChristiansEnglish-Yes
Book

Treasures from the Library of Ets Haim/Livraria MontezinosBerman Hall Jerusalem / Jewish National and University Library (1980)B006371R6KLibrarian, Amsterdam, Montezinos, bibliographyEnglish-No
Book
The following book has many errors and the author doesn't seem to understand the wider Sephardi Judaism and cannot place the Portuguese of France within it. She also doesn't connect the Portuguese to pre-inquisition Spain and the culture of "Convivencia" there or the tradition of combining Torah study with work. She incorrectly refers to Sephardi Judaism as "static" when it was often able to accommodate and understand the changes in the world. She also incorrectly claims that the Portuguese did not learn Talmud, when it is likely that they did with a greater focus on studying Mikra. 
Frances MalinoThe Sephardic Jews of Bordeaux: Assimilation and emancipation in Revolutionary and Napoleonic FranceUniversity of Alabama Press (1978)9780817369033Bordeaux, FranceEnglish-No
Book


Francesca BregoliMediterranean Enlightenment: Livornese Jews, Tuscan Culture, and Eighteenth-Century ReformStanford University Press (2014)B00KTZQ4JCLivorno, Italy, Jewish Book AwardsEnglish-Yes
Book
Francesca TrivellatoThe Familiarity of Strangers: The Sephardic Diaspora, Livorno and Cross-Cultural Trade in the Early Modern PeriodYale University Press (2012)9780300187496Livorno, Trade routes, Communal Connections, ItalyEnglish-Yes
Book
Yaacob DwekThe Scandal of Kabbalah: Leon Modena, Jewish Mysticism, Early Modern Venice (Jews, Christians and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World)Princeton University Press (2011)9780691145082Venice, Italy, KabbalahEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Paraira Doornenbal Keppler Knotter Koldeweij Krabbe/ DeRoon/ Smit/ Vlaardingerbroek

The Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam


Wbooks (2017)


9789040007989


Esnoga, Synagogue, Amsterdam, Holland


English
Nederlands
-Yes
Book
English: 
Link to store
Dutch:
Link to store

The Esnoga: A Monument to Portuguese-Jewish CultureD'Arts
(1991)
9789090043500Amsterdam, HollandEnglish-No
Book
Yosef KaplanReligious Changes and Cultural Transformations in the Early Modern Western Sephardic CommunitiesBrill (2019)9789004367531European SephardimEnglish-Yes
Book
Yosef KaplanAn Alternative Path to Modernity: The Sephardi Diaspora in Western EuropeBrill (2000)9789004117426European Sephardim, ModernityEnglish-Yes
Book
Rabbi Marc D. AngelRemnant of Israel: A Portrait of America's First Jewish CommunityRiverside Books Co (2004)9781878351623Shearith Israel, New York, New Amsterdam, Synagogue, United StatesEnglish-Yes
Book
Richard David Barnett and Abraham LevyThe Bevis Marks SynagogueUniversity Press, Oxford, (1970)B002IXTV3E (ASIN)London, Bevis Marks, SynagogueEnglish-No
Book
Isaac S. EmmanuelPrecious Stones of the Jews of Curacao: Curacaon Jewry 1656-1957Bloch (1957)
Mikveh Israel, CuracaoEnglish-No
Book
Richard David Barnett and Phillip WrightThe Jews of Jamaica: Tombstone Inscriptions 1663-1880Ben Tzvi Institute (1997)9789652350688Jamaica, Caribbean, Tombstones, NamesEnglish-No
Book
Mordechai ArbellThe Portuguese Jews of JamaicaUniversity of the West Indies Press (2010)9789768125699Jamaica, Caribbean, Sha'are Shalom, KingstonEnglish-Yes
Book
Jacob A.P.M. AndradeA Record of the Jews in Jamaica form the English Conquest to the Present TimeJamaica Times Ltd (1941)B0007J8P24Jamaica, Caribbean, Sha'are Shalom, KingstonEnglish-No
Book
Judah M.CohenThrough the Sands of Time: A History of the Jewish Community of St. Thomas, U.S Virgin IslandsBrandeis University Press (2012)9781611683097St.Thomas, CaribbeanEnglish-Yes
Book
Richard David BarnettThe Sephardi Heritage: Essays on the History and Cultural Contribution of the Jews of Spain and Portugal Vol I.KTAV Publishing House, NY (1971)B00LICRCPKSpain, Portugal, Essays, Culture, HistoryEnglish
-No
Book
Richard David BarnettThe Sephardi Heritage (Vol II): The Western SephardimGibraltar Publishing (1989)9780948466113Western Sephardim, Culture, PracticesEnglish-No
Book
Louis Francia de BeaufleuryHistoire de l'establissement des Juifs a Bordeaux et a Bayonne depuis 1550Harriet (1985)9782904348143Bordeaux, Bayonne, FranceFrancais-Yes
Book
Yosef KaplanLes nouveaux-juifs d'Amsterdam: Essais sur l'histoire sociale et intellectuelle du judaisme sefarade au XIIe siecle

Chandeigne (1999)

9782906462618Sephardim, AmsterdamFrancais-No
Book
Isidoro Kahn, Dora Liscia BemporadItinerari di vita: la nazione ebrea di LivornoEd. Graphe Arts (1991)
Livorno, ItalyItaliano-Yes
Book
Aron Di Leone LeoniLa Nazione Ebraica Spagnola e Portoghesedi Ferrara (1492-1559)Olschki (2011)9788822260055Ferrara, Livorno, ItalyItaliano-Yes
Book

Link to product
Michele Luzzatti and L.LovitchEbrei ed ebraismo a Pisa. Un millenio di ininterrotta presenza- Jews and Judaism in Pisa. A Millennium of Uninterrupted Presence.Ets (2005)

9788846712448Italy, PisaItaliano-No
Book
D. H. De CastroDe Synagoge Der Portugee-Israelietische Gemeente Te AmsterdamAmsterdam (1950)
Amsterdam, EsnogaNederlands-Yes
Book

Link to bib data
Saul Van MesselDen Tempel Der Jooden Tot AmsterdamEts Haim (1947)
Amsterdam, EsnogaNederlands-No
Book


Table 4: Grace After Meals, Haggadot, Prayer Books and Other Guides

AuthorTitlePublisher/YearISBN/ASINKeywordsLanguagePictureIn-Print?
Rabbi Jonathan CohenThe Sephardi Haggadah and laws of Pesah and the SederFeldheim Publisher's (1998)9780873064606Pesah, Pesach, Seder, HaggadahEnglish, עברית-No
Book




Pesah, Pesach, Seder, Haggadah

English, עברית-Yes
Book

Link to product
David de Sola PoolGrace After Meals According to the Custom of the Spanish and Portuguese JewsUnion of Sephardic Congregations (1979)B003IVEMDYBircon, Birconim, Shabbat, Grace After Meals, David de Sola Pool, Shearith IsraelEnglish, עברית-Yes
Booklet
Order from Shearith Israel
 
Dayan Pinchas ToledanoHome Ceremonies, According to Sephardi UsageLondon (1996)B00C8OS3UKGrace After Meals, SongsEnglish, עברית-No
Book

Not strictly S&P
Edited by Rabbi Marc AngelSephardic Grace After Meals (S&P plus the rite of Ottoman Sephardim)KTAV Publishing (2003)9780881258202Grace After Meals, SongsEnglish,  עברית-Yes
Book
HeshaimHome CermoniesHeshaim(2022)
Grace After Meals, Other Home Rituals, SongsEnglish,  עברית
-Yes
Book

Link to Heshaim
Rabbi Jonathan CohenBircon and blessingsApp for Android and iOS

Birkat Hamazon / Food Blessings / Sheva Berachot / Tefillat Haderech / Short, rhyming Birkat Hamazon from a 17th Century Dutch prayer book and  Bendigamos.

עבריתDownload here:
Link to app
Rabbi Jonathan CohenBircat HaMazon
ברכת המזון
(2009)
Birconעברית-No
Booklet



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סדר התפילות
Livres De Prieres.
A L'Usage du rite Sefardi
Sinai, Tel Aviv (2011)
הוצאת ספרים "סיני" תל-אביב

BORDEAUX POCKET PRAYER BOOKעברית
Francais


סדר התפילות
Livres De Prieres.
A L'Usage du rite Sefardi
Sinai, Tel Aviv (2011)
הוצאת ספרים "סיני" תל-אביב

BORDEAUX
REGULAR SIZE PRAYER BOOK
עברית
Francais


Shop of the Portuguese Synagogue, Amsterdam, Mr. Visserplein 3, 1011 RD Amsterdam, Netherlands Tel: +31 20 531 0380 / Koren, 33 General Pierre Koenig Street, Jerusalem 91040 (טל)Tel : 0286330530 קורן, 3 רחוב פייר קניג, ירושלים  91040 / Pomeranz, 5 Be'eri Street, Jerusalem (טל)Tel: 02623555 פומרנץ, רחוב בארי 3, ירושלים 

חמישה חומשי תורה ותפילות לשבת: כמנהג ק"ק תלמוד תורה אמשטרדםKoren (2017)

הוצאת קורן ירושלים

AMSTERDAM SHABBAT PRAYER BOOKHebrew (with Dutch and English instructions)



אברהם כהן, בן-ציון 23, ירושלים, טל: 026514441 או 0522408924, דוא"ל: avrahamc@gmail.com / Manny's, Khavakuk Street 2, Jerusalem Tel: 026337040 חבקוק 2, ירושלים, ישראל 91058

תפילת החודש / ליוורנו : עם תוספות קלותארז הוצאה לאור
LIVORNO WEEKLY PRAYER BOOKעברית


Rabbi David de Sola PoolDaily and Sabbath Book

NEW YORK POCKET SIZEHebrew
(with English translation)
-Yes
Book

Link to store 
Rabbi David de Sola PoolDaily and Sabbath Book

NEW YORK REGULAR SIZEHebrew
(with English translation)
-Yes
Book

Link to store

Daily and Sabbath Prayers

LONDONHebrew (with English translation)-Yes
Book

Link to store

Shabbat Prayers

LONDON HARDBACK (STANDARD)Hebrew (with English translation)-Yes
Book

Link to store

Shabbat Prayers

LONDON ENHANCED EDITION (HARDBACK)Hebrew (with English translation)-Yes
Book

Link to store
Haham Solomon GaonMinhath Shelomo: a commentaryon the book of prayer of the Spanish and Portuguese JewsUnion of Sephardic Congregations (1990)9780881253511COMMENTARYHebrew/English
-No
Book


Table 5: Biographies and Memoirs

AuthorTitlePublisher/YearISBN/ASINKeywordsLanguagePictureIn-print?
ראובן בונפילמשה דויד קאסוטוהוצאת ספרים ע"ס י"ל מגנוסת האוניברסיטה העברית ? / 20079789654933070איטליהעברית-כן
ספר

יוסף קפלןמנצרות ליהדות: חייו ופעלו של הענוס יצחק אורוביו די קאסטרומאגנס / 200345-005927פורטוגל, אמשטרדםעברית -כן
ספר
Abraham Levy with Simon RockerA Rocky RoadHalban Publishers (2017)9781905559817Gibraltar, Lauderdale Road, Rabbi, London, EnglandEnglish-Yes
Book
This book is likely to problematic having been translated by an outsider to the community
who may not fully understanding the way of thinking and conveying of ideas that are found in the original text.
David Nieto with translation from Meir LevinThe Rabbi's Advocate: Chacham David Nieto and the Second KuzariYasher Books Inc (2007)9781933143163London, Italy, Livorno, Bevis MarksEnglish-No
Book


Israel SolomonsDavid Nieto: Haham of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation Kahal Kados Asar AsamaimJewish Histroical Society of England/ Spottiswoode, Ballantyne & Co, Ltd. (1931)
London, Italy, Livorno, Bevis MarksEnglish-No
Book
Arthur KironDust and Ashes: The Funeral and Forgetting of Sabato MoraisUniversity of Pennsylvania (1996)
Livorno, London, Philadelphia, Religious Humanism, ItalyEnglish
-No
Book

Link to text
David de Sola PoolH. Pereira Mendes: A Biographys.n (1938)
New York, Birmingham, Jewish Theological Society, Yeshiva Isaac ElchananEnglish-No
Book
Abigail GreenMoses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial HeroBelknap Press (2010)
London, Bevis Marks, Philanthropy, Judith Montefiore, Jerusalem, IsraelEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
George CollardMoses, the Victorian JewKensal Press (1990)9780946041572Jerusalem, Philanthropy, Bevis MarksEnglish-Yes
Book
Edited Louis LoeweDiary of Sir Moses and Lady MontefioreThe Jewish Historical Society of England (1983)B000H459WSJudith Montefiore, Bevis Marks, Damascus Affair, Philanthropy, RamsgateEnglish-Yes
Book
Myrtle Franklin & Michael BorSir Moses Montefiore 1784-1895Vanguard Press (1985)9780814909027
English-No
Book
Yaacob DwekDissident Rabbi: The Life of Jacob SasportasPrinceton University Press (2019)9780691183572Amsterdam, London, Rabbi, ControversyEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Yosef KaplanFrom Christianity to Judaism: The Story of Isaac Orobio de Castro Littman Library of Jewish Civilisation (2004)9781904113140Amsterdam, Portugal, InquisitionEnglish-No
Book
Benjamin Cardozo and A.L. SainerLaw is Justice: Notable Opinions of Mr. Justice CardozoThe Lawbook Exchange Ltd (1999)9781584770107Shearith Israel, New YorkEnglish-Yes
Book
Michael FreedlandMan on the Rock: Mayor Solomon Levy and the Jews of GibraltarVallentine Mitchell & Co Ltd9780853039976Gibraltar, United Kingdom, Spain, Queen, Carmel CollegeEnglish-Yes
Book
Mark R. CohenThe Autobiography of a Seventeenth-Century Rabbi. Leon Modena's Life of Judah.Princeton University Press (1988)9780691008240Venice, Italy, Jewish Family Life, GhettoEnglish-Yes
Book
Moises OrfaliIsaac Aboab da Fonseca: Jewish Leadership in the New WorldSussex Academic Press (2014)978-1845193546Amsterdam, Recife, Brazil, New World, Isaac Aboab da FonsecaEnglish-Yes
Book
Emily HahnAboab: The First Rabbi of the America'sFarrar, Strauss and Cudahy (1959)B0007E7HUA (ASIN)Amsterdam, Recife, Brazil, New World, Isaac Aboab da FonsecaEnglish-No
Book
Esther SchorEmma LazarusSchoken (2017)9780805211665Emma Lazarus, Shearith Israel, New York, Beth Olam CemetaryEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Josephine LazarusEmma LazarusCosimo Classics (2020)9781646790005
Moses and Esther Lazarus, New York, Shearith IsraelEnglish-Yes
Book

Bette Roth YoungEmma Lazarus in Her World: Life and LettersJewish Publication Society (1995)9780827605169Emma Lazarus, Shearith Israel, New York, Beth Olam CemetaryEnglish-Yes
Book
Lance J.SussmanIsaac Leeser and the Making of American JudaismWayne State University Press (1995)9780814319963American Judaism, American Jewish History, The Occident, Publishing, PhiladelphiaEnglish-Yes
Book
Whynn WeldonThe Fighting Jew: The Life and Times of Daniel Mendoza, Champion BoxerAmberley Publishing (2019)9781445685731East End, Sport, Bevis MarksEnglish-Yes
Book
Cecil RothA Life of Menasseh Ben Israel: Rabbi, Printer and DiplomatJewish Publication Society of America (1945)
Rabbi, Amsterdam, Oliver CromwellEnglish-No
Book
Edited by Yosef Kaplan, H. Mechoulan, R.H. PopkinMenasseh Ben Israel and His WorldBrill (1989)9789004091146Rabbi, AmsterdamEnglish-Yes
Book
Steven NadlerMenasseh Ben IsraelYale University Press (2018)9780300224108Amsterdam, Cromwell, Re-admission, London, AmsterdamEnglish-Yes
Book
Helen M.DaviesEmile & Isaac Pereire: Bankers, Socialists and Sephardic Jews in nineteenth-century FranceManchester University Press (2016)B07WDL49LJFrance, Bayonne, FinancingEnglish-Yes
B
ook

Digital
Uriel AcostaUriel Acosta: A Specimen of Human Life

An Autobiography

Bergman Publishers (1967)
Amsterdam, Converso, ExcommunicationEnglish-No
Book
Victor PereraThe Cross and the Pear Tree: A Sephardic JourneyKnopf (1995)9780394583518France, Bordeaux, ToledoEnglish-No
Book
Dianne AshtonRebecca Gratz: Women and Judaism in Antebellum AmericaWayne State University Press (2015)B00TSU0KN0United States, Philadelphia, PhilanthropyEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Yosef Haim YerushalmiFrom Spanish Court to Italian Ghetto Isaac Cardoso: A Study in Seventeenth-Century Marranism and Jewish ApologeticsColumbia University Press (1971)9780231032865ConversosEnglish-Yes
Book
Yosef Haim YerushalmiDe La Cour d'Espagne au ghetto italien: Isaac Cardoso et le marranisme au XIIe siecle Fayard (2014)B00TAVR1DE
Francais-Yes
Book
Digital
Joseph Penso de la VegaLe creacion de un perfil cultural y literario entre Amsterdam y LivornoOlschki (2019)9788822266651BiographyItaliano-Yes
Book
Dr. Jaap MeijerIsaac Da Costa's Weg Naar Het ChristendomJoachimsthal's (1946)

Nederlands-No
Book
Isaac Aboab da Fonseca

Bandeirantes Espirituais Do Brasil: Rabinos Isaac Aboab da Fonseca E Mosseh Rephael D'Aguilar : Seculo XVIIMaayanot (2004)

9788585512743

Brasil, Brazil, Isaac Aboab Da Fonseca, Mosseh Rephael D'Aguilar

Portugues (Brazilian)

-Yes
Book


Table  6: Music

AuthorTitlePublisher/YearISBN/ASINKeywordsLanguagePictureAvailability
Emmanuel Aguilar, D. A. De SolaThe Ancient Melodies of the Liturgy of the Spanish and Portuguese JewsKessinger Publishing (2010)9781166019518Liturgy, Rite, LondonEnglish-Yes
Book
Abraham Lopes-CardozoSephardic Songs of PraiseHal Leonard Publishing Corporation (1997)

9781495051098

Amsterdam, New York, Melodies, Shabbat Table Singing, HazzanutEnglish-No
Book/
 Cassette
Abraham Lopes-CardozoSelected Sephardic ChantsTara Publications (1991)9780933676268MelodiesEnglish-No
Book
Abraham Lopes-CardozoMusic of the SephardimHerzl Press (1960)B0047AGM2EAmsterdam, New York, Melodies, Shabbat Table Singing, HazzanutEnglish-No
Book
M.M Rodrigues Pereiraחכמת שלמה: Torah Cantillations According to The Spanish and Portuguese Custom(1994)0933676379Hazzanut, Ta'amim, Music, AmsterdamEnglish-No
Book

Link to online edition
Herve RotenLes traditions musicales judeo-portugaises en FranceMaisonneuve et Larose (2000)9782706813795Bordeuax, Chazzanut, Muisc, FranceFrancais-Yes
Book
Peter NahonLe Rite Portugais a Bordeaux d'Apres Son Seder Hazanut: Etude Ethnophilographique Et Edition Des Ordres Des Prieres de 1870-19871Libraire Orientaliste Paul Geuthner (2018)9782705339883Bordeaux, Hazanut, France, RiteFrancais-Yes
Book
Leon GilbertManuel d'etude et d'application de la liturgie hebraique du rite Sefardi dit Portugais

Bordeaux, Hazzanut, France, RiteFrancais-Yes
Book
Digital

Link to online text
Salomon FoyRecueil des Chants Hebraiques anciens et modernes du rite Sefardi, dit PortugaisConsistoire Israelite dela Gironde (1928)
Joseph Cohen, Gironde, Bordeaux, Hazzanut, RiteFrancais-Yes
Book
Digital



Table 7: Fiction, Poetry, Home and Miscellaneous

AuthorTitlePublisher/YearISBN/ASINTopicKeywordsLanguagePictureIn-print?
Lady Judith Cohen MontefioreThe Jewish Manual: Practical Information in Jewish and Modern Cookery with a Collection of Valuable Recipes & Hints Relating to the Toilette Amazon Media EU

B0084BSSBUCookeryJewish home, London, Moses Montefiore, Culture, CookingEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Emma LazarusThe Poems of Emma Lazarus, Volume 1: Narrative, Lyric, and Dramatic: 1Dover Publications Inc (2015)9780486786421PoetryThe New Colossus, Statue of Liberty, New York, Moses LazarusEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Emma LazarusThe Poems of Emma Lazarus, Volume 2: Jewish Poems and Translations: 2Dover Publications (2015)9780486786438PoetryNew York, Jewish poetry, Moses Lazarus, Shearith IsraelEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Grace Aguilar (edited by Michael Galchinsky)Selected WritingsBroadview Press (2003)9781551113777FictionLondon, Bevis Marks, Woman Author, Victorian EnglandEnglish-Yes
Book
Grace AguilarHome Influence: A Tale for Mother's and Daughter's. A Mother's Recompense.Timeless Wisdom Collection (2016)9781533569349FictionLondon, Victorian England, women, morality, EnglandEnglish-Yes
Book
E-Book
Grace AguilarThe Vale of Cedars; Or the MartyrIndependent (2019)9781793977366FictionInquisition, Spain, Christianity, Victorian EnglandEnglish-Yes
Book
E-book
Isaac HarbyA Selection from the Miscellaneous Writing's of the Late Isaac Harby, EsqJames S.Burges (1829)B0008B7PWCPolitical Essays/CriticismsCharleston, AmericaEnglish-No
Book
Digital
Link to online text
Benjamin D'IsraeliThe Works of Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, Embracing Novels, Romances, Plays, Poems, Biography, Short Stories and Great SpeechesEndymion (2019)9781011539529Mix of Fiction-Non-FictionLondon, Prime Minister, Convert to Christianity, Lauderdale RoadEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Joseph Penso de la VegaConfusion de ConfusionesMartino Fine Books (2013)9781614274513EconomicaAmsterdam, Stock ExchangeEnglish-Yes
Book
Benjamin N. CardozoThe Nature of the Judicial ProcessDover Publications (2012)B00A44CDSELawAmerican Law, New York, Shearith IsraelEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Benjamin N. CardozoThe Growth of the LawAmazon (2020)B0852R1866LawAmerican Law, New York, Shearith IsraelEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Jitschak PimentelWoordenboek Hebreeuws-NederlandsStrengholt United Media (1900) 1st print9789060103227DictionaryHollandNederlands-Yes
Book

Updated edition by Dr. Menachem Bolle is in print


Table 8: Other Books about Judaism with Significant Mention of the S&P

AuthorTitlePublisherISBN/ASINSubjectLanguagePictureIn-print?
עורכות רות פורטר, שרה הראל-חושןממזרח ועד סוף מערב: יהודי ספרד 1492-1992ההוצאה לאור / 19929650506535פאן-ספרדי, צפון אפריקה, בלקן, הספרדים ופורטוגזיםעברית -כן
ספר


מיכאל אביטבולהפזורה היהודית הסרדית אחרי הגירושמרכז זלמן שזר לתולדות ישראל / 1992
יהדות ספרדעברית-כן
ספר


ראובן בונפילבמראה כסופה: חיי היהודים באיטליה בימי הרינסאנסמרכז זלמן שזר לתולדות ישראל / 1994
יהודי איטליהעברית
Lucien Gubbay, Israel EliaOur Glorious Tradition: The Religion, History and Culture of the Jewish PeopleChroniclers (2007)9780952700630Judaism/Includes information on the Spanish and PortugueseEnglish
-No
Book
Lucien Gubbay, Abraham LevyThe Sephardim: Their Glorious Traditions from the Babylonian Exile to the Present DayCarnell (1992)9781857790367Pan-Sephardic book with lots of information about the Spanish and PortugueseEnglish-No
Book
The following book is problematic in that it often misses some important content, but also because sometimes the author has seen a foreign practise introduced to the community and uses that as the minhag rather than researching the actual practise.
Herbert C. DobrinskyA Treasury of Sephardic Laws and CustomsKtav Publishers and Distributors Inc. (1986)9870881250312Minhagim, Customs, Halacha, History, Syria, North Africa, BalkansEnglish-No
Book

. 
Roberta Curiel and Bernard Dov CooperThe Venetian Ghetto (Also published as "The Ghetto of Venice")Rizzoli (1990)9780847812363Venice, Ghetto, ItalyEnglish-Yes
Book
Isaac S.Emmanuel, Susan A. EmmanuelHistory of the Jews of the Antilles Netherlands, 2 VolsAmerican Jewish Archives (1970)
Aruba, CuracaoEnglish-No
Book
Elio ToaffStudi sull'Ebraismo ItalianoBarulli (1974)
Italian JudaismItaliano-No
Book


Table 8.1 Other S&P Items

ItemImage
Details
Silk Tallet
Amsterdam Synagogue Tile


Table 9: Discography

AuthorTitlePublisherISBNPicture In Print?
Adam Musikant/Various ArtistsA Sephardi Celebration- The Choir of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation London
B01AXLH9S6-Yes
CD

Link to product
Various ArtistsMusic of the Spanish and Portuguese SynagogueSmithsonian Folkways
-Yes
CD/ Digital

 Link to product
Daniel HalfonKamti Lehallel- The Musical Tradition of The Spanish and Portuguese Jewish Communities of Amsterdam, London and New YorkBeit Hatfutsot
-Yes
CD 

Link to product
Daniel HalfonShabbat Zemirot in the Spanish and Portuguese TraditionSelf published (2021)
-Yes
Digital

Link- Spotify
Avraham Morris with the Rinah EnsembleEt Sha'are Ratson (£15. Available from Rev. Maurice: philip.maurice613@gmail.com)Self published (2020)
-Yes
CD


The Service of 1956 (edited by Rabbi Jonathan Coen)300th AnniversaryKunaki
-No
CD

Link to product
Various ArtistsMusiques De La Synagogue De BordeauxInstitut Europeen des Musiques JuivesB01KARDC6C-Yes
CD
Digital

Link to product
Various ArtistsMusiques Judeo-Francaises: Judeo French Liturgy of the 18th and 19th Century

-Yes
CD

Digital
Link to product
Leon Hyman, Rabbi Ira Rhode and Various ArtistsChoral Music of Congregation Shearith IsraelUrim Publications
-Yes
CD

Link to product
Link to SI store
Rabbi David de Sola Pool, Rabbi Abraham Lopez Cardozo, Louis C. Gerstein and Various ArtistsHistoric Music of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue

-Yes
CD (set of 3)

Link to SI store
Rabbi Abraham Lopes CardozoSephardic Songs of Praise

-No
Cassette

-Yes
Digital

Link to MP3
Rabbi Abraham Lopes CardozoThe Western Sephardi Liturgical TraditionJewish Music Research Centre, The Hebrew University of JerusalemAMTI 0401-Yes
CD with booklet

Link to product
Various ArtistsJudeo-Caribbean Currents: Music of the Mikve Israel Synagogue in CuracaoJewish Music Research Centre, The Hebrew University of JerusalemAMTI 0901-Yes
CD with booklet

Link to product
Various ArtistsSanto ServicioPrisma Films (2013)
-Yes
CD/DVD

Buy at Syangogue
Various ArtistsLivornoMusicnet
-Yes
CD

Buy at Synagogue
Various ArtistsSinging Dew/ Rugiade di Canti/ טלי זמרהBeth Hatefusot (2002)BA0000CAPRS-Yes
CD

Link to product


A number of melodies can also be found on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/album/5b2IQHDzhXmM4okkdXXrhi  They can be found with names such Ira Rhodes, Leon Hyman and Henry Pereira Mendes


PAN-SEPHARDIC BIBLIOGRAPHY

The bibliography on this page will deal with the intellectual works of the wider Sephardi world including important works about Sephardim and title's with a similar outlook. 

Table 1Pre-Inquisition Spain and Spanish Born Hahamim (and related titles)
Table 1.1Italy
Tabke 2Conversos
Table 3Balkans / South-Eastern Europe
Table 4Middle East & Israel
Table 4.1India & Asia
Table 5Literary Compilations
Table 6North Africa
Table 7Ashkenazi Writer's


Table 1: Pre-Inquisition Spain and Spanish Born Hahamim (and related titles)

This first table looks back to the Iberian peninsula and looks at the those writer's, many of them rabbis who were born there. The Jewish experience of Spain is often referred to as the Golden Age of Spain, a lengthy period of time which started to decline with the increased Catholic takeover of the peninsula and coming to a close with the edict of expulsion in 1492. This Golden Age has been contested by a number of Catholic apologists and non-Sephardic Jews whose ideas have unfortunately seeped into our communities. 

There were different schools of thought in medieval Spain, including a school of thought introduced by the Franco-German rabbis and their students including Nachmanides and the ROSH. Eye witness accounts to the events in Spain claim that this school of thought undermined the Jewish community, especially with the use of PILPUL, which triggered division, a decline in scholarship, the use of practises forbidden by the Talmud and the beginning of the Converso phenomenon. This is documented in Jose Faur's book 'In the Shadow of History: Jews and Conversos at the Dawn of Modernity'. The following quote, describing the situation in Spain is from his book 'The Horizontal Society': 

"You should know, that we are (children) of those who had been banished from Catalonia, and we conduct ourselves in accordance (with the norms) followed by our ancestors, we continue these practices in the places that, because of our sins, we have been driven... And although the legal decisions [of their rabbis] are not commonly known, nonetheless, it would be improper to question the norms of their communities. Even though a particular custom may not be registered on any book we must assume that the norm had been established in accordance with the great [rabbis]."
-- R. Abraham ibn Tawwah, Hut ha-Mshullash, III, #10, in Sefer ha-Tashbess, part IV, 3.


AuthorTitlePublisher/YearISBN/ASINKeywordsLanguagePictureIn-Print
יצחק קנפנטוןדרכי התלמוד1400-1460

מוסד הרב קוק / המהדרות האחרונה

ספרדי תלמוד. ספר זה מלמד כיצד ללמוד התלמוד בדרך הספרדיתעבריתכן
-ספר

Link to online text
הרמב"םמשנה תורה1180 (?)
הלכה
עבריתכן
-ספר

יואל קראמרהרמב"םרסלינג / 2019
ספרדת רמ"בם, מדעת ביוגרפיהעבריתכן
-ספר
יהודה הלוישירים נבחריםהוצאת שוקן / 1981
פיזמוניםעבריתלא
-ספר
יואל מרציאנוחכמי ספרד בעין הסערה: תורה והנהגה במוצאי ימי הבינייםמוסד ביאליק9789655362664הלכה, חינוךעברית כן
-ספר
יהודה הלוי
הכוזרי
ידיות אהרונות /20089789654825481פילוסופיהעבריתכן
-ספר

אברהם בן הרמב"ם
מלחמות השם
מוסד הרב קוק
יהדותעברית-כן
ספר
חיים שירמןתולדות השירה העברית בספרד המוסלמיתמאגנס /19959652239143שירהעבריתכן
-ספר

Yitzhak AbarbanelCommentary of Abarbanel on the Torah: BereshitCreate Space Independent Publishing Platform (2016)9781533286314TorahEnglish-Yes
Book
Solomon GaonThe Influence of the Catholic Theologian Alfonso Tostado on the Pentateuch Commentary of Isaac AbravenalKtav Publishers (1993)9780881254389
Commentary English-No
Book
Gershon D.CohenSefer Ha-Qabbalah: The Book of Tradition by Abraham Ibn DaudThe Jewish Publication Society (03/2010)
9780827609167Spain, CordovaEnglishYes
-Book
Raphael LoeweIbn Gabirol (Jewish Thinkers)Grove Press (05/1991)9780802132543

EnglishYes
-Book
Maria Rosa MenocalThe Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval SpainBack Bay Books (2003)9780316168717Al-Andalus, Spain, Convivencia, UmayyadsEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Jerrilynn Dodds, Maria Rosa Menocal, Abigail Krasner BalbaleThe Arts of Intimacy: Christians, Jews and Muslims in the Making of Castilian CultureYale University Press (2009)9780300142143Al-Andalus, Convivencia, Co-existence, EducationEnglish-Yes
Book
Maria MenocalThe Arabic Role in Medieval Literary HistoryUniversity of Pennsylvania Press (1990)97808122132249Literary Heritage, Arab cultureEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Sarah StroumsaAndalus and Sefarad: On Philosophy and Its History In Islamic SpainPrinceton University Press (2019)B07SSHPTFK
Andalusian CultureEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital

Mann, Glick, Dodds (Editors)Convivencia: Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Medieval SpainGeorge Brazillier Inc (2007)9780807612866ConvivenciaEnglish-Yes
Book

Yehuda HaLeviThe Kuzari: An Argument for the Faith of IsraelSchocken (1987 edition) 9780805200751Northern SpainEnglish-Yes
Book



Jesus Palaez del RosalThe Jews in Cordoba (X-XII centuries)Ediciones El Almendro (1987)9788486077488
HistoryEnglish-No
Book

Bahya ibn PaqudaDuties of the HeartCreateSpace Independent Platform (2018)9781984095008 Spain, SaragossaEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital

Moses MaimonidesMishneh TorahMoznaim Pub Corp (2010)9781885220691Jewish lawEnglish- עברית-Yes
Book

Moses Maimonides (Rambam)Guide for the PerplexedEmpire Books (2011)9781619492387Rambam, Science, PhilosophyEnglish-Yes
Book

Digital
Jose FaurHomo Mysticus: A Guide to Maimonide's Guide to the PerplexedSyracuse University Press (1999)9780815627814Rambam, Science, PhilosophyEnglish-Yes
Book
Joel KramerMaimonide's: The Life and World of One of Civilization's Greatest MindsGildan Media, LLC (2009)9780385512008RambamEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Abraham Joshua HeschelMaimonidesFarrar, Strauss, Giroux (1983)9780374517595RambamEnglish-Yes
Book 

Digital
Herbert A. DavidsonMoses Maimonides: The Man and his Works B005DKR4EW9780195173215RambamEnglish-Yes
Book 

Digital
Sarah StroumsaMaimonides in His World: Portrait of a Mediterranean ThinkerPrinceton University Press (2011)9780691152523
RambamEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Yom Tov AssisThe Golden Age of Aragonese Jewry: Community and Society in the Crown of Aragon, 1213-1327Littman Library of Jewish Civilization9781874774044Aragon, Sepharad, HistoryEnglish-Yes
Book
Judah AlhariziBook of Tahkemoni: Jewish Tales from Medieval SpainLittman Library of Jewish Civilization (2001)9781874774037
Iberian verseEnglish-Yes
Book

Peter ColeThe Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492Princeton University Press (2007)9780691121956Al-Andalus, Poetry, Pizmonim, Medieval Spain, Convivencia, Hebrew LiteratureEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Solomon Ibn GabirolThe Fountain of Life (Fons Vitae)Azafran Books (2017)9780995727953Malaga, Andaluscian, poetEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Samuel MorellStudies in the Judicial Methodology of Rabbi David ibn Abi ZimraUPA (2003)9780761827078Rabbinic thoughtEnglish-Yes
Book
Santob de CarrionThe Moral Proverbs of Santob de CarrionPrinceton University Press (2016)9780691632707ProseEnglish-Yes
Book

Matt GoldishJewish Questions: Responsa on Sephardic Life in the Early Modern Period Princeton University Press (2008)B005646F1SPost-expulsion, HalachaEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Ross BrannThe Compunctious Poet: Cultural Ambiguity and Hebrew Poetry in Muslim SpainHopkins University Press (1991)9780801840739Convivencia, Arts, HistoryEnglish-No
Book
Salma Khadra JayyusiThe Legacy of Muslim Spain (2 vols)Brill (1994)9789004099549Covivencia, Ummayads, HistoryEnglish-Yes
Book
Haim BeinhartThe Sephardi Legacy (Vol.1)Hebrew University/Magnus Press (1992)9789652238009Spain, Expulsion, HistoryEnglish-Yes
Book
Abraham NewmanThe Jews in Spain: Their Social, Political and Cultural Life During the Middle Ages (2 Vols)Jewish Publication Society (1942)
HistoryEnglish-No
Book
Solomon Ibn VergaA Historian in Exile: Solomon Ibn Verga, Shevet Yehuda, and the Jewish-Christian EncounterUniversity of Pennsylvania Press (2016)9780812248586
HistoryEnglish-Yes
Book
Abraham ZacutoThe Book of Lineage: or Sefer YohassinZacuto Foundation (2005)B0031ER1A4
Jewish HistoryEnglish-Yes
Book

Abraham ZacutoSefer Yohassin: El libro de las Generaciones, Cabal y GenealogiaIndependently Published (2001)9798769881954
Jewish History
Espanol-Yes
Book

Maria Rosa MenocalLa Joya Del Mundo: Musulmanes, Judios Y Cristianos, Y La Cultura De La ToleranciaPlaza Janes (2003)8401530652Al-Andalus, Spain, Convivencia, Ummayads, History
Espanol-Yes
Book
Joel KraemerMaimonides: Vida y ensenanzas del gran filosofo judioEditorial Kairos (2012) 9788472457539Rambam, BiographyEspanol-Yes
Book
Santob de CarrionProverbios MoralesCambridge University Press (2011)9780521131445ProseEspanol-Yes
Book

Solomon Ibn VergaShevet Yehuda: Vara de LudaIndependently Published (2021)9798511150024

Espanol-Yes
Book



Table 1.1 Italy

Italy is sometimes a difficult community to define, being home to it's own Romanite community, Sephardi community, Ashkenazi and Eastern, it's often hard to place Italian Jews into one category. Hopefully this section will resolve this. 

NameTitlePublisherISBNKeywordsLanguageImageIn-Print
Immanuel HaRomiThe Language of Machbarot of Immanuel Haromi- לשון מחברות עמנואלDov Jarden (1954)B00PR9LG2U
איטליה, פיזמוניםעברית-לא
ספר
רחל מורפורגועוגב רחל : ספר כולל שירים ואגדות ומכתבים שונים
י.ח. קסטילינו 1890 / המקורי

משוררעברית-לא
ספר

Hebrew Books
Sara Copia Sullam
Jewish Poet and Intellectual in Seventeenth-Century Venice: The Works of Sara Copia Sulam in Verse and Prose, Along with Writings of Her Contemporari
University of Chicago Press (2009)
B01DHERWGU
Italy, Venice, Poetry
English
-Yes
Book

Sara Copia Sullam
La bella ebrea: Sara Copio Sullam, poetessa nel ghetto di Venezia del '600

9788871581118
Italy, Venice, Poetry
Italiano-No
Book

Primo Levi
If This is a Man/ The Truce
Abacus (1991)
9780349100135
Biography, Holocaust
English-Yes
Book
Digital
Audiobook

Primo LeviThe Periodic TablePenguin (2000)9780141185149
General BiographyEnglish
-Yes
Book
Audiobook
CD
Primo LeviThe Complete WorksPenguin Classics (2015)9780713999563
Literature, BiographyEnglish-Yes
Book

Dante LattesApologia del hebraismoEditorial Maxtor (2014)9788490014134Italian Judaism/ModernityEspanol-Yes
Book


Table 2: Conversos

The Spanish Inquisition wreaked havoc on the Jewish communities of the Iberian peninsula starting in 1492. There is a growing trend today to deny the heritage of people descended from Iberian Converos, people forced to convert to Catholicism, first in Spain and later in Portugal. Whilst there may be a number of people whose perceived sense of heritage is mistaken, there are many individuals who descend from the forcibly converted, especially in Central and South America. A school of thought has emerged that insists that anyone who was forcibly converted in 1492 was no longer Jewish. This idea was not held by the Sephardi rabbis of the time or of later generations and they wrote precise halacha on how to deal with the situation of forced conversions. Rabbi Jose Faur's own research into the matter, includes eye witness accounts to events in Spain prior to the inquisition and includes a look at the intellectual works created by Conversos that were designed to covertly challenge the dry and oppressive atmosphere of their new Catholic environment. 

There is another school of thought that claims the Converso's were willing converts. This is based on the fact that Sephardim acculturated to their environment and were able to remain observant Jews whilst being part of the surrounding milieu. In contradiction to Ashkenazi Judaism which was hermetic in nature, Sephardim were able to easily blend their own traditions with the local surroundings often leading to accusations of inauthenticity and willing assimilation. The failure to understand the Sephardi way of living, lack of knowledge of the intellectual works created by Conversos and their eye witness accounts of the horrors of the inquisition combined with ignorance to the Sephardi rabbis own teachings on the subject has created an environment in which the Conversos have come under attack. 

Recent Jewish trends to deny the more positive Jewish experience of Islam and to join with right-wing Christians over issues related to Western society and Zionism, has led some to claim that the inquisition was a good thing, keeping Europe tolerant! On another front there are messianic Zionists who have very inflated numbers of people they consider to be Conversos and "lost Jews" who they hope to convert and bring to Israel in the demographic war with the Arabs or to use as a kind of diplomatic "fact on the ground" abroad. These Conversos, whether they have Jewish heritage or not, are converted to a type of Judaism unknown to Sephardim. It's against this tragic decline in Jewish knowledge and contemporary social changes that some of our best and most intriguing works and the names that belong to them have been lost.

AuthorTitlePublisher/YearISBN/ASINKeywordsLanguagePictureIn-Print
Jose Faur
In the Shadow of History: Jews and Conversos at the Dawn of Modernity
SUNY (1992)9780791408025
Spain, Sephardi Judaism, Converso Intellectuals, Europe
English-Yes
Book

Cecil RothA History of the MarranosSepher-Hermon Press9780872031388Inquisition, HistoryEnglish-Yes
Book

Cecil RothDona Gracia of the House of NasiJewish Publication Society (2009)9780827604117Inquisition, History, PhilanthropyEnglish-Yes
Book

Cecil RothThe Spanish InquisitionW. W. Norton and Company (1996)9780393002553Inquisition, Reonquista, HistoryEnglish-Yes
Book

Alfonso ToroThe Carvajal Family: The Jews and the Inquisition in New Spain in the Sixteenth CenturyTexas Western Press (2001)9780874042474Inquisition, Reonquista, History
English-No
Book

Angela S. SelkeThe Conversos of MajorcaMagnes Press (1986)9789652236210HistoryEnglish-No
Book

Sanford ShepardLost Lexicon: Secret Meanings in the Vocabulary of Spanish LiteratureEdiciones Universail (1982)9780897293099LiteratureEnglish-No
Book

Stephen GilmanThe Spain of Fernando de Rojas: The Intellectual and Social Landscape of La CelestinaPrinceton University Press (1972)9780691062020Literary WorksEnglish-Yes
Book

Fernando de RojasCelestinaNick Hern Books (2009)B072ZJY6L4ZLiterary WorksEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital

Manuel da Costa FontesThe Art of Subversion in Inquisitorial Spain: Rojas and DelicadoPurdue University Press (2005)9781557533487Literary WorksEnglish-Yes
Book

Sanford ShepherdLost Lexicon: Secret Meanings in the Vocabulary of Spanish Literature During the InquisitionEdiciones Universal (1982)9780897293099Linguistics, Literature, HistoryEnglish-No
Book

Solomon Ibn Verga
A Historian in Exile: Solomon Ibn Verga, Shevet Yehuda, and the Jewish-Christian Encounter
University of Pennsylvania Press (2016)9780812248586
Portugal, ExpulsionEnglish-Yes
Book

Luis de GongoraThe SolitudesPenguin Classics (2012)9780143106722LiteratureEnglish/EspanolYes
-Book
-Digital

Luis de Gongora
Selected Poems of Luis de GongoraUniversity of Chicago Press (2007)9780226140599
PoetryEnglish/EspanolYes
-Book
-Digital

Yosef Haim YerushalmiThe Lisbon Massacre of 1506 and the Royal Image of Shebet YehudahHebrew Union College Press (2015)9780822963769
History, Antisemitism, PortugalEnglishYes
-Book

Luis de Gongora
PoesiaPenguin Clasicos (2015)B00W8AXFZW
EspanolYes
-Digital


Table 3: Balkans/South-Eastern Europe

AuthorTitlePublisher/YearISBN/ASINKeywordsLanguagePictureIn-Print
חיים פלאג'ינפש חיים 2001 / 1842
טורקיה, הלכהעברית-כן
ספר


הרב משה אלמושנינוספר פרקי משהמקורי / 1563
PublishYourSefer.com (2007)

יבן, תורהעברית-כן
ספר

משה בן יוסף ונטורהימין משה1624
בולגריהעברית-לא
ספר

לינק

Mair Jose BenardeteHispanic Culture and the Character of the Sephardic Jews

TurkeyEnglish-No
Book

Izaak Langnas & Barton SholodStudies in Honor of M.J. Bernadette (Essays in Hispanic and Sephardic Culture)Las Americas (1965)
Bulgaria, EssaysEnglish-No
Book

Esther BenbassaHaim Nahum: Sephardic Chief Rabbi in Politics, 1892-1923University of Alabama Press (1995)9780817307295
Biography, Haim Nahum Effendi, Chief Rabbi, Ottoman EmpireEnglish-Yes
Book

Rabbi Eliezer PapoThe Essential Pele Yoetz: An Encycolpedia of Ethical Jewish LivingSepher-Hermon Press (1991)B004H4ICLY
Bulgaria, Jewish PhilosophyEnglish-No
Book

Mark MowzerSalonika: City of Ghosts. Christians, Muslims and Jews 1430-1950Vintag (2006)9780375727382Salonika, Co-Existence, Ottoman Empire, Holocaust, SufiEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Leon SciakyFarewell to Salonika: City at the CrossroadsPaul Dry Books (2003)9781589880023Salonika, Autobiography, History, Co-Existence, GreeceEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Stephen SchwartzSarajevo Rose: A Balkan Jewish NotebookSaqi Books (2005)9780863565922Ottoman Empire, BosniaEnglish-Yes
Book
Isak SamokovlijaTales of Old SarajevoVallentine Mitchell & Co Ltd (1997)
9780853033325  
LiteratureEnglish-No
Book

Elias CanettiAuto de FeFarrar, Straus and Giroux9780374518790Bulgaria, Fiction LiteratureEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Elias CanettiCrowds & PowerFarrar, Straus and Giroux
9780374518202
Bulgaria, SociologyEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital

Esther Benbassa, Aron RodrigueSephardi Jewry: A History of the Judeo-Spanish Community , 14th-20th Centuries (Volume 2)University of California Press (2000)9780520218222Judeo-Spanish, Asia-minorEnglish-Yes
Book
Monique BalbuenaHomeless Tongues: Poetry and Languages of the Sephardic DiasporaStanford University Press (2016)9780804760119Language, PoetryEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Renee Levine MelammedAn Ode to Salonika: The Ladino Verses of Bouena SarfattyIndiana University Press (2013)B00BIP2JLELanguage, PoetryEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Kalmi BaruhSelected Works on Sephardic and Other Jewish TopicsShefer Publishers (2007)9789659079018Bosnia, SerbianEnglish-No
Book
Stanford J. ShawThe Jew of the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish RepublicPalgrave Macmillan (1991)9781349122370
TurkeyEnglish-No
Book
Mark CohenLast Century of a Sephardic Community: The Jews of Monastir 1839-1943Advancement of Sephardic Studies and Culture (2003)9781886857063
 MacedoniaEnglish
-Yes
Book


Albert CohenHer LoverPenguin Classics (2005)9780141188300Ficton. Corfu born writer.English-Yes
Book


Isaac AzoseSiddur Zehut Yosef

Siddur, Prayer, TefillahHebrew/English-Yes
Book
Marc AngelA Sephardic Passover Haggadah Ktav Pub Inc (1987)B01K2K68HQPesah, HaggadahHebrew/English with songs in Judeo-Spanish-No
Book

Isak Samokovlija Nosac SamuelDječija knjiga Sarajevo (2016)
9789958150081

Bosnian-No
Book

Mose ben Baruk AlmosninoRegimiento de la vida Tratado de los suenyosArizona Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2004)0866982981Jewish EthicsLadino with some English translations-Yes
Book

Isak PapoCuentos sobre los sefardies de SarajevoLogos (1994)
Folk Literature, HistoryEspanol-No
Book


Table 4: Middle East and Israel

Aside from works of religion and history, this section also includes numerous books that are critical for understanding how the founding of the state of Israel and Ashkenazi hegemony and racism has undermined the classic Sephardic tradition. These titles, most of them written by Sephardim, document both the historical heritage and the transition away from their cosmopolitan and pluralistic values, to a chauvinistic form of Zionism, Haredi Judaism and a trite form of Orientalism. Nothing intellectually Sephardi has really survived in Israel. Completing this section was also problematic from the perspective of a new form of Mizrachi radicalism that emerged in the 1950's. Whilst this radicalism embraced many of the cosmopolitan Sephardi values of old, it often came at the expense of religious tradition. I hope that titles here can bring together the old religious way of seeing things combined with the political and social and not one at expense of the other. 

An additional issue facing Sephardim today is a new form of "Mizrachi" identify which is built around food, music and a rather limited and false view of the Jewish experience of Islam which has been reduced to being only about "antisemitism" and "expulsion". Israeli rabbis dominate the religious element of the new Mizrachi identity and they often made halachic rulings against the better knowledge of the older Sephardi rabbis. I have chosen not to include those rabbis here, whose works and outlook better reflect the Haredi way of doing things. Often they disregarded and continue to disregard wider learning to the benefit of a Judaism that  focuses only on ritual, humrot and Jewish law. Jewish history has been placed in a straight jacket designed to reflect the current Israeli/Zionist realities. 

I'm not interested in pro/anti Israel polemics, but hope to provide the reader with a better understanding of what Sephardic culture was and how that came to be erased. I have a belief that the old values could help solve many problems in today's world. 

AuthorTitlePublisher/YearISBN/ASINKeywordsLanguagePictureIn-print?
יוסף אליהו שלושפרשת חייהוצאצ בבל (1920's/2006)
 ביוגרפיה, היישובעברית-כן
ספר

Available here
ז'קלין כהנובסולם יעקבמכון בן צבי / 2015
מצרים, פרוזה, תרבות לבנטיןעברית-כן
ספר
יובל עבריהשיבה לאנדלוס: מחלוקות על תרבות וזהות יהודית-ספרדית בין ערביות לעבריותמגנס / 20209789657008881
נרטיבים שנויים בחלוקותעברית
-כן
ספר

אלה שוחט
הקולנוע הישראלי: מזרח/ מערב והפוליטיקה של הייצוג
האוניברסיטה הפתוחה /2005

התרבות הישראלית
עברית
-כן
ספר

סמי מיכאלשווים ושווים יותרבוסטן / 1974
רומןעבריתלא
-ספר

סמיר נקאששלמה הכורדי ואני והזמןהוצאת מכון ון ליר והוצאת ידיעות ספרים / 2020
רומןעברית-כן
ספר
סמיר נקאשיש שתבל הרתה והפילה בוספרים פועלים / 1985
רומןעברית-כן
ספר

שושנה שבבומריהHebreo (2002)9789657103135
רומן, תימניתעברית
-לא
ספר
שושנה שבבו
אהבה בצפתהוצאת אחיאסף / 1942
רומן, תימניתעברית-לא
ספר

יוסף לויבת המזרח החדשה: על יצירתה של שושנה שבבוהוצאת אוניברסיטת בר-אילן9652261750
רומן, תימניתעברית-כן
ספר

ברכה סרישבעים שירי שוטטותהוצאת הוצא לאור / 1983
רומן, שיריםעברית-לא
ספר

ברכה סרייקום פורקןהוצאת האור הגוז / 2012
משוררעברית-כן
ספר

יצחק גורמזאנו גורןבלאנשעם עובד / 1986
רומן, מצריעברית-כן
ספר

יצחק גורמזאנו גורן
קיץ אלכסנדרוניעם עובד / 1978
סיפורותעברית-כן
ספר

בן ציון עוזיאלמשפתי עוזיאל א'
יש 9 כרכים
1995 / 1935
הרב הראשי, ספרדי הקלאסיעברית-כן
ספר
שאול מטלוב עבאדימגן בעדי
32-21874
סוריה, הלכהעבריתAvailabe here
יוסף פאורהרב ישראל משה חזןחיפה /1977
ביוגרפיהעבריתלא
-ספר

הרב חיים די לה רוזהספר תורת חיים1848 / המקורי
PublishYourSefer.com (2007)

תורהעברית-כן
ספר

רבי שלום שבזיעיונים בקובץ חדש בכתב ידוהוצאת אוניברסיטת בר-אילן978965-2265159
תימן, פיזמוניםעברית-כן
ספר

S. D Goitein
A Mediterranean Society Volume 1: The Jewish Communities of the Arab World as Portrayed in the Documents of the Cairo Geniza
University of California Press (2000)
9780520221581
Cairo Geniza, Mediterranean Jews,Jewish Life
English-Yes
Book

Michelle Campos Ottomon Brothers: Muslims, Christians and Jews, in Early Twentieth-Century PalestineStanford University Press (2010)9780804770682
Palestine, Israel, Holy Land, Social InteractionsEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Abigail Jacobson and Moshe NaorOriental Neighbours: Middle Eastern Jews and Arabs in Mandatory PalestineBrandeis University Press (2010)9781512600063Co-existenceEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital

S. D GoteinJews and Arabs: A Concise History of Their Social and Cultural Relations
Dover Publications (2005)9780846439877
RelationsEnglish-Yes
Book

Digital
Lucien GubbaySunlight and Shadow: The Jewish Experience of Islam
I.B. Taurus (2002)9781860647383
RelationsEnglish-Yes
Book

Jacqueline Kahanoff
Mongrels of Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Kahanoff
Stanford University Press (2011)
9780804769532
Egypt, Intellectual, Cosmopolitanism
English-Yes
Book

Gudrun KramerThe Jews in Modern EgyptI B Taurus & Co Ltd9781850431008EgyptEnglish-No
Book
Edmond JabesThe Book of Questions (Vol.1)Wesleyan University Press (1991)9780819562475Egypt, PhilosophyEnglish-Yes
Book
Kay ShelemayLet Jasmine Rain DownUniversity of Chicago press (1998)9780226752112Syria, Aleppo, Middle East, Arab Jewish Liturgical Music, PizmonimEnglish-Yes
Book
Yaron HarelSyrian Jewry in Transition, 1840-1880The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization (2010)9781904113652
Syrian Jewish HistoryEnglish-No
Book
Yaron HarelZionism in Damascus: Ideology and Activity in the Jewish Community at the Beginning of the Twentieth CenturyI.B. Tauris (2014)9781780766706
Syria, ZionismEnglish-Yes
Book

Yaron HarelIntrigue & Revolution in the Jewish Communities in Damascus, Aleppo, and Baghdad, 1744-1914The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization (2015)B01K0T7H3I

English-Yes
Book









Orit BashkinImpossible Exodus: Iraqi Jews in IsraelStanford University Press (2017)B0731GC7ZN
Iraqi Jews, Israeli RacismEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital

Orit BashkinThe Other Iraq: Pluralism and Culture in Hashemite IraqStanford University Press (2010)9780804773669Iraq, CultureEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Orit BashkinNew Babylonians: A History of Jews in Modern IraqStanford University Oress (2012)9780804778756Iraq, HistoryEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Zvi ZoharRabbinic Creativity in the Modern Middle EastContinuum Publishing Corporation (2013)B00DI2V3G2Rabbinic Thought, Eastern Rabbi's, Israel Moshe HazzanEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Avi Sagi and Zvi ZoharTransforming Identity: The Ritual Transition from Gentile to JewContinuum International Publishing Group (2007)9780826496713Sephardi Rabbinic Thought, ConversionEnglish-Yes
Book
Ellie EliacharLiving with JewsWeidenfeld and Nicolson (1983)9780297782278Social, Polical, IsraelEnglish-No
Book









Nissim RejwanIsrael's Place in the Middle East: A Pluralists PerspectiveUniversity Press of Florida (1999)9780813016016Levantine Culture, Israel, Arab Jews, Islam, Pluralism, Iraq, ZionismEnglish-Yes
Book
Nissim RejwanIsrael in Search of Identity: Reading the Formative YearsUniversity Press of Florida (1999)9780813016641Israel, Zionism, Middle Eastern CultureEnglish-Yes
Book
Nissim RejwanThe Last Jews in BaghdadUniversity of Texas Press (2011)9780292726888Iraqi JewsEnglish-Yes
Book
Nissim RejwanThe Jews of Iraq: 3000 Years of History and CultureRoutledge (2019)B07V2PHJ63
Iraqi Jewish HistoryEnglish-Yes
Book

Digital
Abbas ShiblakThe Lure of Zion: The Case of the Iraqi JewsAl Saqi (1986)9780863560330

English-No
Book
Ella ShohatIsraeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of RepresentationI B Taurus Ltd (2010)9781845113131Israel, Arab Jews, Palestinians, Contemporary CultureEnglish-Yes
Book
Ella ShohatOn the Arab-Jew, Palestine and Other Displacements: Selected Writings of Ella ShohatPluto Press (2017)9780745399492Palestinians, Mizrachi, MigrationEnglish-Yes
Book
Rachel ShabiWe Look Like the Enemy: The Hidden Story of Israel's Jews from Arab LandsWalker Books (2009)9780802715722Israel, Racism, Aliyah, SociologyEnglish-Yes
Book

Yehouda ShenhavThe Arab Jews: A Postcolonial Reading of Nationalism, Religion and EthnicityStanford University Press (2006)9780804752961Israel, Zionism, Racism, Arab Jews, Middle Eastern Culture, Islam, Sabra IdentityEnglish-Yes
Book
Ammiel Alcalay
After Arabs and Jews: Remaking Levantine Culture
University of Minnesota Press (1992)
9780816621552
Israel, Sephardim, Pluralism
English
-Yes
Book

Ammiel Alcalay

A Bibliography for After Arabs and JewsPunctum Books (2021)9781953035349
BibliographyEnglish-Yes
Book

Sasson SomekhLife After Baghdad: Memoirs of an Arab-Jew in IsraelSussex Academic Press (2012)9781845195021
Biography, Iraq, Israel, Egypt, CairoEnglish-Yes
Book

Naeim GiladiBen Gurion's Scandal's: How the Hagannah and the Mossad Eliminated JewsDandelion Enterprises (2006)9781893302402Iraqi Jews, Racism in IsraelEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Samir NaqqashTenants and CobwebsSyracuse University Press (2018)B07D7ZXDTG
Iraqi Jew, literatureEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital

Yitzhak Gormezano GorenAlexandrian SummerNew Vessel Press (2015)B00W0LPKXO
Egyptian, literatureEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital

Yehuda BurlaIn Darkness StrivingIsrael Universities Pres (1968)
B0006FF1E4
Literature, Palestine (pre-State of Israel)English-No
Book
Shimon BallasOutcastCity Light Publishers (2007)9780872864818
LiteratureEnglish-No
Book
Digital

Shimon BallasLa litterature arabe et le conflit au proche-orientFeniXX redition numerique (1980)B07QRVMNYT
Arab literatureFrancais-Yes
Digital
Yitzhak ShamiNouvelles D'HebronLabor et Fides (2006)9782830911961 
Literature, Palestine (pre-State of Israel)Francaise-Yes
Book


Table 4.1 India and Asia

AuthorTitlePublisher/YearISBN/ASINKeywordsLanguagePictureIn-Print?
Rabbi Ezekiel MusleahOn the Banks of the Ganga: The Sojourn of Jews in Calcutta
97808115803133IndaiEnglish-No
Book


Rabbi Ezekiel MusleahBits and Pieces, Snippets and Snatches: A Lifetime of Thoughts, Anecdotes and EventsXLibris Corp (2011)9781456849450India, BiographyEnglish-Yes
Book

Rachel MusleahSongs of the Jews of CalcuttaHal Leaonard Publishing Corporation (1997)9780933676247IndiaEnglish-Yes
Book


Table 5: North Africa

AuthorTitlePublisher/YearISBN/ASINKeywordsLanguagePictureIn-Print?
רבי יוסף משאש הוד יוסף חי2008
מורוקו, חיפה, הלכה, הרב הראשיעברית-כן
ספר


שו"ת שמש ומגן / 4 כריכיםרבי שלום משאש
10400085הלכה, תשובותעברית-כן
ספר
ילקוט שמ"שרבי שלום משאשספריית בית אל778976890פסקי מנהגיעברית-כן
ספר
חם השמש על התורהרבי שלום משאש


עברית-כן
ספר
Mordechai HaKohen /Edited by Harvey Goldberg
The Book of Mordechai: A Study of the Jews of Libya- Selections from the "Highid Mordechai"Darf Publishers (1993)9781850772316
Libya, Jewish Life, Berbers, Ethnography, Jewish - Non-Jewish relations. English-Yes
Book

Emily GottreichJewish Culture and Society in North AfricaIndiana University Press (2011)B005FB8CCM
North African Jewish HistoryEnglish-Yes
Book

Digital
Emily GottreichJewish Morocco: A History from Pre-Islamic to Post-Colonnial TimesI.B.Tauris (2020)9781780768496
Moroccan Jewish HistoryEnglish-Yes
Book

Digital
Emily GottreichThe Mellah of Marrakesh: Jewish and Muslim Space in Morocco's Red City (2006)Indiana University Press (2006)9780253218636
Morrocan Jewish History, MarrakeshEnglish-Yes
Book

Elias Canetti
The Voices of Marrakesh: A Record of a Visit
Penguin Books (2012)
9780141195629
Bulgarian Sephardi, Travel Writing, Jewish Quarter, Souk, Morocco
English-Yes
Book

Jacques DerridaOf GrammatologyJohn Hopkins University Press (2016)9781421419954
Algeria, Philosophy, Postmodernism, PhenomonologyEnglish-Yes
Book

Digital
Jacques DerridaWriting & DifferenceRoutledge (2001)9780415253833
Algeria, Philosophy, Postmodernism, Phenomonology
English-Yes
Book

Vanessa PalomaThe Mountain, the Dessert and the Pomegranate: Stories from Morocco and BeyondGaon Books (2010)9781935604037MoroccoEnglish-Yes
Book
Maurice El MedioniMaurice El Medioni A Memoir: From Oran to Marseilles (1936-1990)Watkins Publishing Limited (2014)9781910924426
Algeria, Biography, OranEnglish-Yes
Book

Joann SfarThe Rabbi's CatPantheon (2007)9780375714641Algeria, ComicsEnglish-Yes
Book

Edmond Amran El MalehMil anos y un diaEdiciones del Oriente y del Mediterraneo (2011)9788496327849
FiccionEspanol
-Yes
Book

Edmond Amran El Maleh
Mille ans un jourPensee Sauvage (1986)9782859190583
RomanFrancais
-Yes
Book



Jose FaurGolden Doves with Silver Dots: Semiotics and Textuality in Rabbinic TraditionIndiana University Press (1986)9780253326003Rabbinics, Jewish History, InterpretationEnglishNo
-Book
Jose FaurThe Horizontal Society (Vols.I and II)Academic Studies Press (2010)9781936235049Rabbinics, Jewish History, Jewish ThoughtEnglishNo
-Book


Table 6: Literary Compilations

AuthorTitlePublisher/YearISBN/ASINKeywordsLanguagePictureIn-print?
הרב חיים רפאל שושנהאעירה שחר

מורוקו, פיוטים, באר שבע, שיריםעברית-כן
ספר


Edited by Moshe Behar and Zvi Ben-Dor BeniteModern Middle Eastern Jewish Thought (Includes Essays by: Ben Tzion Uziel, Henry Curiel, Jacqueline Kahanoff, Murad Faraj, David Bitton)
Brandeis University Press (2013)
9781584658856
Sephardi essayists (politics, culture, religion)English-Yes
Book
Digital

Ilan Stavans (Editor)The Schocken Book Modern Sephardic LiteratureSchocken (2005)9780805242287LiteratureEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital

Diane Matza (Editor)Sephardic-American Voices: Two Hundred Years of a Literary LegacyBrandeis University Press (1997)9780874518900LiteratureEnglish-Yes
Book
Ammiel AlcalayKeys to the Garden: New Israeli WritingCity Lights Publishers (2001)
LiteratureEnglish-Yes
Book

T. CarmiThe Penguin Book of Hebrew VersePenguin Classics (2006)9780140424676
Hebrew PoetryEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital

Philo, Saadya Gaon, Yehuda HaLevi (edited by Hans Lewy and Alexander Altmann)
3 Jewish Philosophers
Word Wise (2012)
B007FE0Q58
Jewish Philosophy, Classics
English-Yes
Book
Digital

Raphael LoeweHebrew Poems and Translations


Hebrew PoetryEnglish / עברית-Yes
Book


My note: As this is a contemporary work, produced by a number of authors in a new geographic setting dominated by Israel, it's worth looking at the literature from a critical viewpoint and comparing it to the older writing style's found in Sephardi literature.
Dario MiccoliContemporary Sephardic and Mizrachi LiteratureRoutledge (2019)9780367885502
LiteratureEnglish-Yes
Book


Table 7: Ashkenazi Writer's

AuthorTitlePublisher/YearISBN/ASINKeywordsLanguagePictureIn-print?
Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi
Zakhor: Jewish History and Jewish Memory
University of Washington Press (2011)
B007KORS4A
History
English-Yes
Book
Digital
Audio


Shmuel FeinerThe Jewish EnlightenmentUniversity of Pennsylvania Press (2011)B00B4FJ9BQ
HistoryEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
The Hardback edition contains the original text, edited out to appease the Haredi element of the UK Jewish community.
Jonathan SacksThe Dignity of DifferenceContinuum (2004)9780826468505
Sociology, Religion, PluralismEnglish-Yes
Book

Emmanuel LevinasHumanism of the OtherUniversity of Illinois Press (2005)9780252073267
SociologyEnglish-Yes
Book

Salomon MalkaEmmanual Levinas: His Life and LegacyDuquesne University Press (2006)9780820703589
BiographyEnglish-Yes
Book

Gershom ScholemMajor Trends in Jewish Mysticism
Schocken Books (1995)9780805210422
MysticismEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital

Isaac TishbyThe Wisdom of the Zohar: An Anthology of TextsThe Littman Library of Jewish Civilization in association with Liverpool University Press (1991) 9781874774280
Jewish MysticismEnglish (translated by David Goldstein)-Yes
Book

Abraham Joshua HeschelThe ProphetsHarper Perennial Modern Classics (2001)9780060936990
MikraEnglish-Yes
Book

Abraham Joshua HeschelHeavenly Torah: As Refracted through the GenerationsContinuum (2006)9780826418920
MikraEnglish-Yes
Book

Abraham Joshua HeschelMan Is Not Alone: A Philosophy of ReligionFarrar, Straus and Giroux (1976)
 
9780374513283
Jewish PhilosophyEnglish-Yes
Book
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Table 1Children's Books by Spanish and Portuguese Sephardim
Table 2Other Sephardim
Table 3Teenagers and Young Adults


This page will provide resources from the S&P and the wider Sephardic world

1. Children's Books by Spanish and Portuguese Sephardim

AuthorTitlePublisher / YearISBN/ASINKeywordsLanguagePictureIn-print?
Edited by Rabbi Avraham Levy and Dayan Pinchas ToledanoChildren's Prayer Book The Heshaim Society
TefillotHebrew/English
Yes
-Book

Link to product
David de Sola PoolHow to Tell Bible Stories to Jewish ChildrenWentworth Press (2019)9780526455560
LearningEnglishYes
-Book

Emily Solis-CohenThe Holy Scriptures: An Abridgment for Use in the Jewish School and HomeJewish Publication Society (1931)B004H5JVHM
Children's bibleHebrew/English-No
Book
Emily Solis-CohenDavid and the Giant Killer, and Other Tales, of Grandma LopezForgotten Books (2012)9781440044694
FictionEnglish-Yes
Book



Emily Solis-CohenFriday Night StoriesThe Women's League of the United Synagogue of America
Religious FictionEnglish
-No
Book
Emily Solis-CohenHanukkah: the feast of lightsJewish Publication Society of America (1951)B000ME816E
ReligionEnglish-No
Book
Linda GlaserEmma's Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty
HMH Books for Young Readers (2013)9780544105089Picture BookEnglishYes
-Book

-Digital
Erica SilvermanLiberty's Voice: The Emma Lazarus StoryDutton Books for Young Readers (2011)9780525478591Picture BookEnglishYes
-Book
-Digital


2. Other Sephardim

AuthorTitlePublisherISBN/ASINKeywordsLanguagePictureAvailability
Sigal SamuelOsnat and her Dove: The True Story of the World's First Female RabbiLevine Querido (2021)9781646140374
Picture Book, Kurdistan, Female Scholar, Osnat BarzaniEnglishYes
-Book
-Digital

-Audio
Sarah Aroeste/ Ayesha RubioBuen Shabbat, Shabbat ShalomKar-Ben Publishing (2020)9781541542464
Boardbook, Ladino, ShabbatEnglishYes
-Book
-Digital
-Audio
Sarah AroesteOra de Despertar, Time to Wake UpCreateSpace Independent Publishing (2017)9781545296165
Picture BookEnglish-LadinoYes
-Book


3. Teenagers & Young Adults

AuthorTitlePublisherISBN/ASINKeywordsLanguagePictureAvailability
Joann SfarThe Rabbi's CatPantheon Books (2005)9780375422812  
Graphic NovelEnglishYes
-Book

One of the most important things to a Jew throughout the ages has been education. Jewish education today and what it meant in the past for Sephardim are two completely different things. In centuries past, Sephardic Jews produced a wide range of literature, poetry, plays, philosophy and spiritual works. At the centre of all of this was the essential classical Hebrew texts of Miqra, Mishnah and the Talmud and the way's in which they were learnt. A thorough Jewish education did not create a closed and hermetic society, quite the contrary. Sephardim were able to combine their Jewish particularism to a universal humanism. This created a Jewish society that was observant but which also absorbed and learnt wider knowledge and had cultural overlapping with surrounding peoples. Very often, this way of life is mistaken for assimilation, when it was not the case at all. It was not simply a matter of one or the other (religious/secular), but an overlap that allowed Jews to follow their own laws and be members of the wider world. Rabbis once wrote works that were influential for Jews and non-Jews alike and recognised that religion has universal elements alongside the particular.

This page will attempt to give people the tools to study the Jewish texts and will provide some multimedia that will help re-orientate today's student to a more accurate understanding of Sephardi Judaism and the context in which it once thrived. Whereas in the past, Sephardi rabbis would produce vast volumes of work, today, we're lucky to get a prayer book out of most of our ministers. Sephardim producing poetry has completely dried up. Today, we process and understand data and information through alien binary's such as "Reform" and "Orthodox", "Secular" and "Jewish" and "Western" and "Eastern". These conflicting ideas are the result of European Judaism and German Idealism and do not have their roots in the Judaism which emerged from the Babylonian academies.

1.0Dictionaries
1.1Miqra, Mishna, Talmud
1.2Mishna
1.2bTargum
1.3Talmud
2.0Collapsing Timelines
3.0Other Useful Reading
4.0Reading Minhag into Jewish Law
4.1Kol Isha (or not)
4.2Electricity on Yom Tob (and Shabbat)
5.0The "New Sephardim" and Sephardi Outreach Initiatives

1. Dictionaries

One of the most important aspects of learning Jewish texts is the ability to read it in the original language. Here are some useful tools to assist in this. 

Author/EditorNamePublisherISBNDescriptionPictureAvailability
Francis Brown, S. R. Driver, Charles A. BriggsThe Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English LexiconTyndale House Publishers (1994)9781565632066Miqra -Yes
Book
Marcus JastrowDictionary of the Targumin, Talmud Bavli, Talmud Yerushalmi and Midrashic LiteratureJudaica Press (2004)9781932443202Talmud and Midrash-Yes
Book
Michael SokoloffA Dictionary of Jewish Babylonian Aramaic of the Talmudic and Geonic PeriodsBar Ilan University Press (2003)9789652264053Aramaic of the Talmud and Geonic Period-Yes
Book
David Kimhi (annotated by William Chomsky)Hebrew Grammar Bloch Publishing (1952)
Hebrew Grammar
-No
Book
Wilhelm GeseniusGesenius' Hebrew Grammar1909
Currently on Wikisource

Rabbinic Hebrew-Online
Click here
There is an increase in digital dictionaries. They do not compare to the wealth of knowledge found in the physical books such as the Brown-Driver-Briggs dictionary, nor do they aid students in memorising their knowledge of grammar and Hebrew word roots IMO, Morphix contains a lot of words beyond Israeli Modern Hebrew and is useful for Jewish studies. 
Morphix Translation- Free Hebrew-English Dictionary Download here
The following dictionaries are from the Spanish and Portuguese, Today, they are out of print, but are available online.  
J. M. De SolaA Vocabulary of the Pentateuch1865English-Hebrew-Online
Click here
David de PomisTzemach David- Hebrew Lexicon


Italian-Hebrew
-Online
Click here
Selamoh de OliveraGramatica Hebrayca & Chaldayca5549 (1778)Spanish-Hebrew-Online
Click here
David Cohen de LaraDe Convenientia Vocabulorum Rabinicorum
Spanish-Hebrew-Online
Click here
Mose Rafael de AguilarEpitome da Gramatica Hebraica
5420 (1659)Spanish-Hebrew-Online
Click here
Mose Rafael de Aguilar
Epitome da Gramatica Hebraica (II)
5421 (1660)Spanish-Hebrew-Online
Click here

1.1 Miqra, Mishna, Talmud

These texts are three of Judaism's core books which a Jewish student will study. Owning your own Miqra can be tricky these days due to the editing process which reinforces certain ideas and ways of thinking. Of the three books I recommend here, one (the Soncino) gives the peshat of the text, the Hertz gives a mixture of Sephardic and Ashkenazic commentary but also looks into non-Jewish texts such as history and science to find supporting information. The third is a volume with Spanish commentaries from a mixture of old Sephardi and Ashkenazi rabbis. 

Edited by Abraham CohenThe Soncino ChumashThe Soncino Press (1947)978-0900689246
Rabbi Hertz

The Pentateuch and Haftorahs: Hebrew Text English Translation and Commentary

Sonico Press (1997)0980900689215
Rabino Marcos Edery
Miqra- Hebrew with Espanol


Link to online book


1.2 Mishna

This book is supposed to be learnt by chanting it to a melody. Unfortunately this technique is being lost. Ammiel Alcalay commented in his book (After Jews and Arabs) that it was once possible to walk into a Yemenite Synagogue and hear the men and boys chanting the Mishnah or to go in on Shabbat and hear them reciting the Targum in Aramaic and that these traditions are being lost, with Judaism becoming homogenous and flat. I include below two editions of the Mishnah printed in Amsterdam with the Ta'amim that aid in it's recitation. There is also a short video from Rabbi DeMota giving an example of it's melody.

רבי אבנדנה עם אדם בוראל

אמסרדאם. משנה



                        Link to Text
 
מנשה בן ישראל

אמסרדאם. משנהLink to Text
Rabbi DeMotaMishna chant
Link to YouTube video

1.2b Targum

To be studied on Shabbat the Targum should be a staple in any Jewish home. To quote David Ramirez from this article published below: "In Jewish tradition, the legal minutiae makes it obligatory to study the weekly portion of the Toráh twice in the Hebrew original, and once in its Aramaic translation of the Targum of Onkelos." Also included is an article from Rabbi/Professor Jose Faur regarding the Targum and Halakha.  

David RamirezDerashah, The Art of Interpetation in Jewish LawDavid Ramirez Blog (22/02/18)Link to article
Jose FaurThe Targumim and HalakhaThe Jewish Quarterly Review (July 1975)Link to essay
AuthorTitlePublisherImageAvailability
John Wesley EtheridgeThe Targums of Onkelos & Jonathan Ben UzzielHard Press (2018)Yes
Yitzhak FrankGrammar for Gemara & Targum OnkelosToby Press Ltd (2016)Yes

1.3 Talmud

Study of Talmud has become transformed by the Ashkenazi way of reading the text which is radically different from our own. It is this school of thought that has mostly won out today. Below are two books that will aid a student to study the Talmud the Sephardi way. 

יצחק קנפנטוןדרכי התלמודThe book is still in print
Link to online edition
שלומה אוליורהדרכי נועםLink to online text

2. Collapsing Timelines

The history of Sephardic Jews is increasingly coming to be seen through the lens of European history and not through the lens of the wider history's of the world. Despite Europe being one of the most economically advanced regions of the world today, historically this was not the case and education, philosophical thinking and culture were to be found elsewhere. Jews in Europe experienced a shift in thinking with the "Age of Enlightenment" in the 17th and 18th century, followed by increased emancipation, allowing Jews to attend university and be part of civil society in a way which was not previously possible.

Sephardi Jews, most of whom lived around the Mediterranean basin and the Middle East already had centuries of learning in philosophy, science, grammar and linguistics, rhetoric, Greek and Arab thought and did not live isolated from the wider world. Quite unfairly, it's been assumed by many that all Jews lived in an intellectual darkness until the Enlightenment and those who did not live geographically close to this phenomenon remained in darkness until they were either "rescued" by the State of Israel in modern times, or emigrated to the Western World. The Alliance school network in the Islamic world is also seen as an example of how Jews in the East benefited from European education, though this school network was part of a colonial project often working against the native Jews and their relationships with non-Jews. Sephardim always had philosophical thinking, as evidenced by the rich rabbinic works produced by our rabbis and lay leadership and the vast volume of poetry and literature that complements this- something not seen in the Ashkenazi world. 

Professor Yuval Evri was recently interviewed by Oxford University about this history in relation to Sephardi writers and the Middle East:

Yuval EvriReconsidering Early Jewish Nationalist IdeologiesOxford University: Israel Studies SeminarLink to podcast

Rabbi Joseph Dweck, the current leader of the UK Spanish and Portuguese Sephardi community (2022) gave several classes to a Jewish organisation called Torah in Motion in which he falsely claimed that Jews living in the Islamic world had no connection to modernity and that the rabbis had no philosophical thinking because they hadn't gone through the Enlightenment. Aside from the fact that they did have philosophical and very rich and complex thinking, related to studies in linguistics, science and the Hebrew texts, enlightenment knowledge also arrived in places outside of Europe. For the Sephardim it was 'business as usual'. Rabbi Dweck based his talks on an essay written by Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik called "Rupture and Reconstruction". Rather than challenge the false and racist narratives in this article, Dweck only reinforces them, something which he has done on several occasions. I wrote a critique of his lectures which you will find below:

Yoel PimentelNobel Savages: Rabbi Joseph Dweck's Unenlightened View of the Jews of the Arab WorldSephardic Heritage Update (13/01/2021)Link to article

Although I can't vouch for his other work and it's content, this class from Rabbi Joshua Maroof, correctly places Sephardim in their context as influential thinkers to both Jews and non-Jews alike:

Rabbi Joshua MaroofSephardic Judaism: The Judaism of the FutureMYC Jewish Education


3. Other Useful Reading

David Shasha from the Centre for Sephardic Heritage in Brooklyn New York, publishes an annual reading list to assist those on the path of Jewish study to select and learn from crucial texts. The list is a treasure trove of scholarship. Whilst many of the books appear on this website, here they appear in a well constructed and methodological way with brief but informative descriptions of many of the titles. 

Sephardic Heritage Update - Building Your Library (click here)

His book of essays on Bereshit is also available online:

David ShashaRepresenting the Human Family: Essays on the Book of Genesis 2002Link to book

Miriam Gamliel from Yeshiva University has published a brilliant essay detailing the development of Jewish education and how Ashkenazim and Sephardim travelled along different roads in this respect. The following article was taken from the Sephardic Heritage Update. 

Miriam Leah GamlielJewish Schooling through the AgesHistory of Jewish Ed., Yeshiva University (2013)Link to essay

Rachmiel Ezra Travitz has written a number of essay's on Jewish law which can be found here

4.0 Reading Minhag into Jewish Law

4.1 Kol Isha (or not)

A worrying trend emerging in all of our communities is the practise of forbidding things permitted by the Talmud. One of things that is being forbidden in many of our communities is hearing women sing. The Talmud itself does not mention the word singing in the case that has come to be used as the deciding point on this matter. Below are some resources that should iron out this issue.

The Rabbi Joseph H. Lookstein Memorial Volume, a publication of Yeshiva University have presented the following essay which incorporates the many different understandings of the topic of hearing a women's voice. As the article demonstrates, the Sephardi rabbis did not prohibit this or even interpret the Talmud to be talking about singing.

Saul J. BermanKol 'IshaYeshiva UniversityLink to essay

Rabbi David de Sola Pool, the former leader of Congregation Shearith Israel encouraged women to sing in our congregations. See the sermon below:

David de Sola PoolCongregational singingNew York (1910?)Link to sermon

Rabbi Yehonatan Elazar DeMota has written an article on the subject:

Rabbi DeMotaTo Sing or not to Sing?Facebook (17/01/2010)Link to Google Doc

One of the most knowledgeable members of the Iraqi Jewish community was Flora Sassoon who was known to have read from the Torah in the Synagogue:

Jennifer BregerFlora Sassoon 1859-1936Jewish Women's ArchiveLink to article

Mixed choirs were once a feature in a number of Synagogue's and this is still the case in a small number. Below are some resources showing how Jewish communities were once at ease with women singing, before great pressure came to bear on many of them.

Kinor and Hazamir singing an arrangement by Eyal BittonAh! El Novio- Ladino Wedding SongMontreal Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue (March 2000)Click here to see YouTube video
Vanessa Paloma En KelohenuBennaroch Synagogue, Cassablanca (annual event)Click here to see YouTube video
Saul MarksOur Choir (mixed)Princess Road United Syangogue (Ashkenazi Orthodox)Click here to read the article
Abraham LevyA Rocky Road: MemoirsHalban Publishers (2017)Quote from p.60: "It (Hampstead Synagogue) was then the last United Synagogue to maintain a mixed choir and the lay leaders wondered how I felt about it."

Unfortunately, a recent publication from the Montefiore Endowment called 'Memorable Sephardi Voices' has become memorable for all the wrong reasons. The editors and contributors of the book have not relied on the classical Sephardic stance on the aforementioned discussion, but have instead, taken the legal rulings of two later Israeli rabbis Haim David HaLevy and Ovadia Yosef, who forbid hearing women sing, most likely as a result of the more Haredi environment they were emerged in, in Israel. 

Compiled by Lucien GubbayMemorable Sephardi VoicesMontefiore Endowment (2020)Link to the book

The book also makes this rather false claim: "Originally intended to prevent immorality, the Gemara and the Shulhan Aruch strictly forbid men to listen to the voices of women singing. That did not worry the non-European Sephardi sages who mostly lived in the old Islamic world. Consequently, in this particular area, it is perhaps understandable that their discussions do not differ markedly from those of their usually more stringent Ashkenazi counterparts, some of whom may have been more exposed to Enlightenment ideas. Rabbi Yehudah Henkin, for example, stated that because the mitzvah of ‘hearing’ the Shofar and the Megillah cannot be performed through the radio, Kol Isha does not apply to women’s voices on the radio (See 3.5.1 below)." Thank you to WJDO for pointing this out to me.

The aforementioned book does not cite rabbis from the Islamic world, who, as you'll see from the Lookstein article did not even understand the Talmud to be talking about singing. Instead they use Israeli rabbis who are no doubt going to start forbidding things. I'm not sure why Rabbi Henkin's confused mess is included.

4.2 Electricity on Yom Tob (and Shabbat)

The book also forbids the use of electricity on Yom Tob. Again, more contemporary Israeli rabbis are used to bring the judgement on this and not the classic Sephardic rabbi, many of whom are listed in the back of the book. The  use of electricity on Shabbat and Yom Tob was not forbidden by the old rabbis, but the whole idea of this book is to promote Modern Orthodoxy and when Sephardic Judaism comes up against that, Modern Orthodoxy wins. The first video below is of an a man from Syria discussing this in the context of his home country. Thank you to Luna Skye for compiling a number of resources on her website about electricity on Yom Tob including a list of rabbis and how they ruled on the subject.


Electricity on Yom Tob
Link to video
Luna SkyeElectricity on Shabbath and Yom Tob- sourcesLuna's Jewish RepositoryLink to webpage

4.3 Dancing and Clapping on Shabbat

There is also the issue of permitting what is forbidden. Rabbi DeMota covers the issus of dancing and clapping on Shabbat below:

Yehonatan Elazar-DeMotaDancing and Clapping on ShabbatFacebook (08/11/17)Link to article

5. The "New Sephardim" and Sephardi Outreach Initiatives

We've seen a growing crop of putatively Sephardic outreach organisations. The problem with many of these initiatives is that they are often started by people who have not received the correct training and education themselves. The content tends to fall into one of two categories: food, music and folk traditions or religious ritual only. Neither of these cover the broad and complex output of Sephardim over the centuries including our involvement in poetry, literature, science, philosophy, philanthropy and of course the wider body of thought that lies within the rabbinic system itself and the methods and curriculum deployed to create this wealth of knowledge. 

I've also noticed an increase in reference to the late rabbi Jose Faur, whose life's work provides one of the last threads connecting the Sephardi past to the present. During his life, I only heard him mentioned by two people. A sudden interest in his works started to ferment in the year leading up to his death and has since snowballed. Many of the people mentioning him, are still promoting rabbis whose legal methods and way of thinking are representative of the school of the Tosafot that Rabbi Faur critiqued in his seminal essay below:

Rabbi Jose FaurThe Legal Thinking of the Tosafot: A Historical ApproachOriginally published in Dine Yisrael, volume VI (1975)


In London there is the "Habura". Their project seems less aimed at restoring the classical Sephardic heritage and more about creating an outreach organisation that can make an impact on the wider Modern Orthodox world. "Old Sepharad" is the marketing slogan, but rather than getting Maimonides, often we get Nachmanides. Sephardi and Sephardi hater are presented in the same context and it's clear that Sephardi Judaism is being presented in a way which de-contextualises our sages and places them in a framework solely about Jewish ritual. The content has fallen victim to the marketing and there doesn't seem to be a structured curriculum that would create a literature Jew. It could be a good program if the material was organised and presented within it's correct context and different schools of thought were understood and explained, but that is not the intention. The intention seems to be to create a "big tent" Jewish unity, but instead of including Ashkenazi thinkers who are on the same wavelength as our old sages, we get the likes of Soloveitchik, Kook and Hirsch. Whilst there are some good classes amongst their mass of content, one has to be careful to separate all of this out. Many of the students who follow this program are not literate in Judaism or knowledge in a way in which they are able to do this. The following will showcase some of the decent material.  

a. Sephardic Education

The following class explains a little about Sephardi education in Syria. Thank you to Natan Abrahami for listening to the class and picking out the following important points: 1. Original Talmud Torah had both Jewish studies and wider general studies and there was no distinction between those works like today (secular/religious). 2. Teachers were Jewish, non-Jewish, men and women. 3. Schools were for both boys and girls, many times studying together. 4. Boys would study during the day, pray in the Synagogue (no separate minyan for the Yeshiba) and sleep at home. It was a tight knit community, but no sequestering of boys for the time that they were in Yeshiba. 5. The Alliance School focused on general studies and the teachers were often openly violating the Sabbath. 

יוסי דאיההחינוך הספרדי: סדר החינוך בחלב במאה ה-2017/01/22Link to YouTube video
The above class pierces the idea presented by Soloveitchik that Sephardim had no connection to modernity or wider learning

The following essays demonstrate that learning was broad in the Sephardi Talmud Torah (thank you to William Jeudah de Oliveria for sharing these) and that it has now been lost:

נסים ליאוןישיבת פורת יוסף: מחידוש היסטורי למיטוס אתניפעמים: רבעון לחקר קהילות ישראל במזרח
2013Link to essay
שלומה גליקסברגבתי מדרש לרבנים בנשיאות הראשונים לציון: רצף כמעט ללא תמורהפעמים: רבעון לחקר קהילות ישראל במזרח
2013 Link to essay
יעקוב לופוהצלת יהדות מאראקא לתורה: הוצאת תלמידים ממורוקו לישבית ליטאיות אחר השואהפעמים: רבעון לחקר קהילות ישראל במזרח
1999Link to essay

Rabbi Abraham Levy mentions in his biography how it was the Ashkenazim that rejected general studies with Jewish learning. This again contradicts the Solovetichik/Dweck thesis that Sephardim were not modern:

Abraham LevyA Rocky Road: MemoirsHalban Publishers (2017)Quote p.34: "When Sir Moses offered to give money to yeshivot to teach their students Arabic, there was an outcry from the religious leadership, which objected to introducing any subject into their institutions other than Talmud."

This brings us to another outreach initiative which frames Sephardim in a Modern Orthodox context, with no mention of the world in which they lived and learnt. The content is related to religious ritual only and Rav Kook and his Ashkenazi Religious-Zionist philosophy is a firm favourite. Amongst all that however, is this class on Haham Shem Tob Gaguine. Again, we learn from this class that the Sephardi centre for rabbinic learning taught general studies also (languages, mathematics, science) and that it was the Ashkenazim who opposed this, contrary again to ideas circulating that Sephardim lived in some kind of hermetic Torah Shtetl for centuries. 

Yonatan HalevyExploring Jewish Giants: Shemtob GaguineShiviti (01/12/20)Link to YouTube video

Returning to the Habura and education, they have presented this class from Rabbi Aron HaLeva which is about the Geonic-Andaluscian Talmud:

Rabbi Aron HalevaTalmud in the Geonic Andaluscian-TraditionHabura (20/06/21)Link to YouTube Video
There is also the classes from Professor Zvi Zohar. The first class is about former Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel Benzion Uziel and Sephardic appraoch to the outside world. The second class is about Rabbi Moses Israel Hazzan and the issues he faced from the Jewish arrivals from Europe and their different ideas about education:
Professor Zvi ZoharThe Approach of Hakham Benzion Uziel Habura (01/10/20)Link to YouTube Video
Porfessor Zvi ZoharThe Approach of Yisrael Moshe HazzanHabura (09/12/20)Link to YouTube Video

Classes and Lectures

TitleLanguageLink
Rabbi Joey Mosseri- Keter Shem Tob Pesach Customs #1English
Rabbi Joey Mosseri- Keter Shem Tob Pesach Customs #2English
Rabbi Joey Mosseri-Keter Shem Tob Pesach Customs #3English
Rabbi Jose Faur- Matteh Dan #1
Hebrew
Rabbi Jose Faur- Matteh Dan #2

Hebrew
Rabbi Jose Faur- Matteh Dan #3Hebrew
Rabbi Jose Faur- Matteh Dan #4Hebrew
Rabbi Jose Faur- Matteh Dan #5Hebrew
The History and the Music of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews Congregation in the City of LondonEnglish
The History of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews Congregation of LondonEnglish
Sir Moses Montefiore and MeEnglish
Tisha B'Av Services- Shearith Israel 2020English
This page is concerned with books of Jewish History, Islam, Christianity, Philosophy, Arab and Mediterranean History and Culture
AuthorTitlePublisher/YearISBN/ASINKeywordsLanguagePictureIn-Print
David AbulafiaThe Great Sea: A Human History of the MediterraneanOxford University Press (2011)9780195323344
Mediterranean History
English
-Yes
Book
Digital

Audiobook


David Abulafia
The Mediterranean in HistoryThames and Hudson Ltd (2016)9780500292174
Mediterranean History

English
-Yes
Book
Digital

Violet MollerThe Map of Knowledge: A Thousand-Year History of How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found

Picador (2020)

B07H1YGPF1
Mediterranean History/History of KnowledgeEnglish
-Yes
Book
Digital

Umberto EcoThe Name of the RoseVintage Classics (2004)
9780099466031 
LiteratureEnglish
-Yes
Book
Digital

Audio

Orhan PamukMy Name is RedFaber & Faber (2011)9780571268832
LiteratureEnglish
-Yes
Book
Digital

Audio

JosephusThe Jewish WarPenguin (1981)B002RI9Q76
Jewish HistoryEnglish
-Yes
Book
Digital

Simon Sebag-MontefioreJerusalem: A BiographyWeidenfeld and Nicholson (2011)B004KA9VCE
History of JerusalemEnglish
-Yes
Book
Digital

Audio


Mark MazowerThe Greek Revolution; 1821 and the Making of Modern EuropePenguin (2021)B08W1TZMG9
Greek and Ottoman HistoryEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital

Aristotle
The Art of Rhetoric
Penguin Classics (reissue) (1991)
9780140445107
Philosophy
English
-Yes
Book
Digital

Richard E. RubinsteinAristotle's Children: How Christians, Muslims and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom and Illuminated the Middle AgesMariner Books (2004)B003KK5DPO
Philosophy/HistoryEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital

Audio
Michael P.AryaThe Essential AvicennaXulon Press (2021)9781662820960
PhilosophyEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital

AverroesOn the Harmony of Religion and PhilosophyGibb Memorial Trust (2012)9780718902223Philosophy, SpainEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital

Giambatista VicoThe First New ScienceCambridge University Press (2010)9780521387262
Italian PhilosophyEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital

Edward SaidOrientalismPenguin Books (2003)9780141187426SociologyEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital

Audio
Marc Schade-PoulsenMen and Popular Music in Algeria: The Social Significance of RaiUniversity of Texas Press (1999)9780292777392
Algerian MusicEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital

Finding a book on Algerian Rai proved to be difficult. As this was a music scene known also for it's many female singers, I don't think that this book does the genre justice.
Albert HouraniA History of the Arab People'sFaber & Faber (2013)9780571288014Arab HistoryEnglish
-Yes
Book
Digital
 
Albert HouraniArabic Thought in the Liberal Age 1798- 1939Cambridge University Press (1983)9780521274234Enlightenment, LearningEnglish
-Yes
Book
Digital
 
Butrus al-Bustani (with Ussama Masdiki)The Clarion of Syria: A Patriot's Call against the Civil War of 1860University of California Press (2019)B07RC592QX
History, Syria, Christian, Co-existenceEnglish
-Yes
Book
Digital

Ussama MakdisiAge of Co-Existence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab WorldCalifornia University Press (2019)9780520258884
Ottoman SocietyEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Edited by Pierre Joris and Habib Tengour
Poems for the Millennium, Volume 4
University of California Press (2013)
9780520273856
North Africa, Al-Andalus, Berber, Arab, Literature, Jewish, Roman, Phoenician, French
English-Yes
Book
Digital

Nissim RejwanOrientalism & the Myth of the Arab MindNova Science Publishers Inc (2016)9781634843614
Orientalism, Middle Eastern CultureEnglish-Yes
Book
Nissim RejwanThe Many Faces of Islam: Perspectives on a Resurgent CivilizationUniversity Press of Florida (2000)9780813018072
IslamEnglish-No
Book
Nissim RejwanArabs Face the Modern World: Religious, Cultural and Political Responses to the WestUniversity Press of Florida (1998)9780813015590
Contemporary Middle EastEnglish-No
Book

Nissim RejwanNasserist Ideology: Its Exponents and CriticsI.P.S.T (1974)9780878551620
Egyptian PoliticsEnglish-No
Book

Sami Zubaida
Beyond Islam: A New Understanding of the Middle East
I.B. Tauris (2011)
B07PBQ6ZX8 
Middle East, Extremism, Cosmopolitanism, Imperialism, Culture
English-Yes
Book
Digital

Christopher de Bellaigue
The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason
Vintage (2018)
9780099578703
Nada, Enlightenment, Culture
English-Yes
Book
Digital

Reza Aslan
No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
Random House Trade Paperback (2005)
9780812982442
Islam, Contemporary Islam, Misconceptions
English-Yes
Book
Digital

Karen Armstrong
Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet
HarperCollins (1992)


9780062500144

Islam, Mohammed
English-Yes
Book
Digital

Translation by N.J. Dawood
The Quran: With Parallel Arabaic Text
Penguin Classics (2015)
9780141393841

Islam, Quran, Lauderdale Road, Iraqi Jew

Arabic/English

-Yes
Book


Nissim Joseph Dawood was a distinguished translator and a member of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue at Lauderdale Road, London.

Sarah StroumsaFreethinkers of Medieval Islam: Ibn Al-Rawandi, Abu Bakr Al RaziBrill (1999)9789004113749
IslamEnglish-Yes
Book

Joel KraemerPhilosophy in the Renaissance of IslamBrill Academic (1987)9789004072589
IslamEnglish-No
Book
Amin MaaloufThe Crusades Through Arab EyesSaqi books (1984)9780863560231HistoryEnglish-Yes
Book

Edited by Marion BaraltserPlays by Mediteranean WomenAurora Metro Publications (1994)9780951587737
CultureEnglish-Yes
Book

Nawal El-SaadawiThe Hidden Face of Eve: Women in the Arab WorldZed Books (2015)9781783607471
SociologyEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Naguib MahfouzThe Cairo TrilogyEveryman (2001)9781857152487
LiteratureEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
Naghuib MahfouzChildren of the AlleyAnchor Books (1997)9780385264730
LiteratureEnglish-Yes
Book
Digital
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