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How Baghdad plague led to Sephardi cultural revival

March 31, 2020 Ian

http://jewishrefugees.blogspot.com/2020/03/how-baghdad-plague-led-to-sephardi.htmlIn these coronavirus days, Point of No Return is moved to reflect on the impact of epidemics through the ages. Quite a few affected the Middle East, and no doubt devastated the local Jewish communities. […]

Maimonides on Jewish humiliation under Muslim rule

March 31, 2020 Ian

http://jewishrefugees.blogspot.com/2020/03/maimonides-on-jewish-humiliation-under.htmlWe should not idealise Jewish life under the Muslims, which in some cases, was just as bad as life in Christian lads, writes Eli Kavon in the Jerusalem Post (with thanks: Michelle) : Maimonides: Jews […]

Pillar of Casablanca community dies of coronavirus

March 30, 2020 Ian

http://jewishrefugees.blogspot.com/2020/03/pillar-of-casablanca-community-dies-of.htmlWith thanks: Vanessa Coronavirus  has claimed the life of a pillar of Jewish life  in Casablanca – Meir Michel Tordjman. An entry by a wellwisher on his Facebook page on 25 March records that he […]

Gaza in a bygone age of Jewish-Arab cooperation

March 29, 2020 Ian

http://jewishrefugees.blogspot.com/2020/03/gaza-in-bygone-age-of-jewish-arab.htmlFascinating piece by Nadav Shagrai in Israel Hayom exploring Gaza’s unknown Jewish history, before the strip became associated with religious extremism: The old town of Gaza before 1963 Who would believe that only 110 years […]

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