By implying that the last sephardi poet to warrant commemoration lived 900 years ago, Bibi did not placate critics.
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.
His second blunder is a direct result of the first: his alienation of the religious sephardi party, Shas.
But there were other Middle Eastern Jews living at the same time with no conception of sephardi identity, with no link to Spain.
These things are an instinct with every right-minded sephardi.
Why should I not permit you, a Tedesco, to return the hospitality to me, a sephardi?
Manasseh added winningly: "I know you are a gentleman, capable of behaving as finely as any sephardi."
What have they to say against a sephardi marrying a Tedesco?
What a bad effect it would have on Yankelé if a sephardi was seen to vow with impunity!
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.