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Who were the Sephardic Jews of the Ottoman Empire?
What lasting lessons does their spiritual life provide for future generations?
“How did the Judeo-Spanish-speaking Jews of the Ottoman Empire manage to achieve spiritual triumph? To answer this question, we need to have a firm understanding of their historical experience…. We need to be aware of the dark, unpleasant elements in their environments; but we also need to see the spiritual, cultural light in their dwellings that imbued their lives with meaning and honor.”
—from Chapter 1, “The Inner Life of the Sephardim”
In this groundbreaking work, Rabbi Marc Angel explores the teachings, values, attitudes, and cultural patterns that characterized Judeo-Spanish life over the generations and how the Sephardim maintained a strong sense of pride and dignity, even when they lived in difficult political, economic, and social conditions. Along with presenting the historical framework and folklore of Jewish life in the Ottoman Empire, Rabbi Angel focuses on what you can learn from the Sephardic sages and from their folk wisdom that can help you live a stronger, deeper spiritual life.
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||3 MB|
About the Author
Rabbi Marc D. Angel, PhD, is founder and director of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals (www.jewishideas.org). Rabbi emeritus of Congregation Shearith Israel of New York City, he is author and editor of twenty-nine books, including Maimonides, Spinoza and Us: Toward an Intellectually Vibrant Judaism; Foundations of Sephardic Spirituality: The Inner Life of Jews of the Ottoman Empire (both finalists for the National Jewish Book Award); and Maimonides—Essential Teachings on Jewish Faith and Ethics: The Book of Knowledge and the Thirteen Principles of Faith—Annotated and Explained (all Jewish Lights).
Rabbi Marc D. Angel, PhD, is available to speak on the following topics:
- Maimonides, Spinoza and Us: Confronting Basic Issues of Faith
- The Orthodox and Non-Orthodox Jewish Communities: Can We Learn from Each Other?
- Conversion to Judaism: What the Jewish Community Can Learn from Converts
- Choosing to Be Jewish: The Orthodox Road to Conversion
- Losing the Rat Race, Winning at Life: Ethics for Moderns
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments ix 1 The Inner Life of the Sephardim 1 2 Iberian Roots 19 3 The Ottoman Milieu 37 4 Religious Foundations 47 5 Turning Points 59 6 Midrashic/Kabbalistic Judaism 75 7 The Religious/Social Structure of Life 93 8 Ladino Folklore 119 9 Confronting Modernity 147 10 Lasting Lessons 167 Notes 177 Selected Bibliography 191 Index 197