Editor’s Note

 In memory of Dr. Robert Nussenblatt, z"l, a brilliant man, dear friend, and enthusiastic supporter of  Sephardic Horizons.

The new, Spring number of Sephardic Horizons brings readers several issues interesting for Sephardim and Mizrahim to ponder. Bension Varon’s thorough discussion of the present and future of Ladino/Judeo-Spanish does not shy away from the bad news concerning our Sephardic language and, rather than being over-optimistic, posits several approaches that could be applied to somewhat alleviate the situation. Eyal David, an Israeli sabra, sheds light on the former leisure life of the Jews of Libya, a community that is no longer in its homeland and that has undergone the most far reaching changes since the time his essay focuses on—the fifties and sixties. Addressing a related subject, my own essay presents the exile, or expulsion, of the Jews of Arab lands, as seen through their literature.

The Ladino/Judeo-Spanish section is enriched by poetry and stories by Haim Vitali Sadacca, Rivka Abiry, and Hernán Rodríguez Fisse.

Our review section presents a thoughtful review by Vanessa Paloma Elbaz of an important new interdisciplinary study by David Wacks, Double Diaspora, and I review a fascinating novel by Shalach Manot , His Hundred Years, recounting through his own voice the story of a long-lived and irrepressible Jewish immigrant to the United States from Turkey..

We are pleased to welcome with this issue our new webmaster, Altan Gabbay, a turkino and member of Vijitas de Alhad, who is taking over the posting of Sephardic Horizons.

Many thanks to all our authors! Paskua alegre to our readers!


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Judith Roumani
Editor, Sephardic Horizons

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