While in the Holy Land, Lovato and her mother met with an expert on Sephardic Jews, who are descended from Jews expelled from Spain and Portugal 500 years ago.
JERUSALEM (RNS) — At Passover, Jews of Eastern European descent abstain from eating legumes such as chickpeas and soybeans. Sephardic Jews have no such prohibition. What does seder look like when the two groups come together?
What the youngest member of Congress could learn about her Jewish ancestors. And what we all need to know about them, as well.
MADRID (Reuters) Spain's parliament on Thursday passed a law allowing descendants of Sephardic Jews to gain nationality, more than five centuries after their ancestors were expelled from the country.
RABAT, Morocco (RNS) Like Sephardic Jews, Muslims were an integral part of Spain’s society before being painfully uprooted by Christian rulers. Many were forced to convert. A large number perished at sea.
PARIS (RNS) After the country's top rabbi resigned after admitting to plagiarism, the search begins for a new grand rabbi to lead Europe's largest Jewish population amid questions about how inclusive French Judaism should be.
(RNS) When Jewish families sit down for the Passover seder on April 6, it's a safe bet that they'll eat matzo and ask the traditional Four Questions. It's less likely that they'll be hitting one another with scallions (although Iraqi Jews will) or following the Syrian tradition of saving a bit of matzo as a talisman for safe travels. By Debra Rubin.