Hamentaschen, Ladino, and Mormons

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This week, we have two different perspectives from the Diaspora: a new take on hamantaschen from South Africa, as well as the important discovery of a 19th-century Ladino memoir. We also love the story of a surprising alliance between religious and secular Jews in Jerusalem attempting to restore the city’s cosmopolitan nature. Click below for more…

Excerpt from a recently discovered memoir in Ladino, www.tabletmag.com

South African Hamantaschen, just in time for Purim!

surprising alliance between secular and Haredi Jews in Jerusalem.

A bonanza for scholars of Sephardic history and fans of autobiography: the earliest known Ladino memoir from Salonica was recently found by Professor (and former Stroum Lecturer) Aron Rodrigue of Stanford University.

And lastly….some Mormons are still baptizing posthumously? Seriously?


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About the Author:

Sarah Zaides is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Washington. She holds the Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, was previously the Stroum and Althea Stroum Graduate Fellow and the Titus Ellison Fellow from the Jackson School of International Studies, and has been a recipient of fellowships from the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Vidal Sassoon Center, and the US Department of State. She is currently at work on a dissertation titled "Tevye’s Ottoman Daughter: Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jewries in the Shatterzones of Empire 1882-1923," which follows the saga of Russian Jews in Constantinople and Western Anatolia on the eve of Turkish and Soviet statehood. When Sarah isn't writing her dissertation, you can find her chasing vitamin D or working toward her life goal of being able to play (at least) the first movement of each of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas.

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