16 Facts About Sephardic


In 2015, both Spain and Portugal passed laws allowing Sephardim who could prove their ancestral origins in those countries to apply for citizenship; the Spanish law that offered expedited citizenship to Sephardic Jews expired in 2019, but Portuguese citizenship is still available.

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The historical forms of Spanish that differing Sephardic communities spoke communally was related to the date of their departure from Iberia and their status at that time as either New Christians or Jews.

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Ethnic Sephardic Jews have had a presence in North Africa and various parts of the Mediterranean and Western Asia due to their expulsion from Spain.

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Sephardic decided that the Jews who stayed accepted Catholicism by default, proclaiming them New Christians.

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Sephardic Jews lived in Bulgaria, where they absorbed into their community the Romaniote Jews they found already living there.

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Eastern Sephardic dialect is typified by its greater conservatism, its retention of numerous Old Spanish features in phonology, morphology, and lexicon, and its numerous borrowings from Turkish and, to a lesser extent, from Greek and South Slavic.

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The pidgin forms of Portuguese spoken among slaves and their Sephardic owners were an influence in the development of Papiamento and the Creole languages of Suriname.

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Sephardic says, furthermore, that the original name of the city was Pirisvalle, so-called by its early pagan inhabitants.

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Sephardic was succeeded by his son Joseph ibn Naghrela who was slain by an incited mob along with most of the Jewish community.

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That the Sephardim were selected for prominent positions in every country where they settled was only in part due to the fact that Spanish had become a world-language through the expansion of Spain into the world-spanning Spanish Empire—the cosmopolitan cultural background after long associations with Islamic scholars of the Sephardic families made them extremely well educated for the times, even well into the European Enlightenment.

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Sizable Sephardic community had settled in Morocco and other Northern African countries, which were colonized by France in the 19th century.

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Later Sephardic Jews settled in many trade areas controlled by the Empire of Philip II and others.

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Sephardic founded settlements with other conversos that would later become Monterrey.

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Sephardic explains that prior to expulsion Spanish Jewish communities did not have a shared identity in the sense that developed in diaspora.

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Many used to bear Portuguese and Spanish names; however, it is noteworthy that a large number of Sephardic names are of Hebrew and Arabic roots and are totally absent in Iberian patronyms and are therefore often seen as typically Jewish.

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Sephardic Jews are closely genetically related to their Ashkenazi Jewish counterparts and studies have shown that they have mainly a mixed Middle Eastern and Southern European ancestry.

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