- Jews of Spain and Portugal or their descendants, distinguished from the Ashkenazim and other Jewish communities chiefly by their liturgy, religious customs, and pronunciation of Hebrew: after expulsion from Spain and Portugal in 1492, established communities in North Africa, the Balkans, Western Europe, and elsewhere.
Origin of Sephardim
Examples from the Web for sephardi
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, master of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, dithered about which of his sons to run for Sephardi chief rabbi.
But the most disturbing part of the campaign may be the candidacy of Shmuel Eliahu for Sephardi chief rabbi.
By implying that the last Sephardi poet to warrant commemoration lived 900 years ago, Bibi did not placate critics.For My Money, I'll Take the Al-Kuwaitis
May 6, 2013
His second blunder is a direct result of the first: his alienation of the religious Sephardi party, Shas.Why Israel's Center-left Won’t Block Bibi
January 15, 2013
But there were other Middle Eastern Jews living at the same time with no conception of Sephardi identity, with no link to Spain.The Mizrahi Jewish “Refugee” Problem
January 10, 2013
Why should I not permit you, a Tedesco, to return the hospitality to me, a Sephardi?
What have they to say against a Sephardi marrying a Tedesco?
These things are an instinct with every right-minded Sephardi.
Manasseh added winningly: "I know you are a gentleman, capable of behaving as finely as any Sephardi."
What a bad effect it would have on Yankelé if a Sephardi was seen to vow with impunity!
- a Jew of Spanish, Portuguese, or North African descent
- (loosely) any Oriental Jew
- the pronunciation of Hebrew used by these Jews, and of Modern Hebrew as spoken in Israel
- (modifier) of or pertaining to the Sephardim, esp to their liturgy and ritual
- (modifier) of or pertaining to the liturgy adopted by certain European, esp Chassidic, communities who believe it to be more authentic but nonetheless differing from the genuine Oriental liturgy
Word Origin and History for sephardi
plural of Sephardi "a Spanish or Portuguese Jew" (1851), from Modern Hebrew Sepharaddim "Spaniards, Jews of Spain," from Sepharad, name of a country mentioned only in Obad. v:20, probably meaning "Asia Minor" or a part of it (Lydia, Phrygia), but identified by the rabbis after the Jonathan Targum as "Spain." Related: Sephardic.