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The descendants of the Jews who, since the Late Middle Ages, had emigrated or been expelled from the Iberian peninsula (Hebr. Sepharad) are called Sephardim. The Sephardim developed a distinct tradition known as Sephardic, characterized by halakhic, liturgical, and linguistic-cultural peculiarities. The cultural differences between Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews in the Diaspora also continued in Ottoman Palestine and in the State of Israel.

Jewish refugees and emigrants, who had left their Iberian homeland at the time of the incipient Reconquista because of o…

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Ray, Jonathan, “Sephardim”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0798>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20221116

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