noun (plural Sephardim /-ˈfärdim/ /-ˌfärˈdēm/)
1A Jew of Spanish or Portuguese descent. They retain their own distinctive customs and rituals, preserving Babylonian Jewish traditions rather than the Palestinian ones of the Ashkenazim. Compare with Ashkenazi.
- Having been expelled from Spain in 1492, the Sephardim, speaking Ladino, a Spanish dialect, found refuge in north Africa, the Levant, the Ottoman Empire, the Netherlands, and Italy.
- Its history means, of course, that it is an Ashkenazi rather than a Sephardi food.
- There were Ashkenazim and Sephardim, Ethiopians and Russians, American students and fourth-generation sabras.
1.1Any Jew of the Middle East or North Africa.
- It has played on the undoubted discrimination that poor Sephardi Jews of Middle Eastern and North African origin face at the hands of the privileged Labour elite.
- It would take waves of immigration and a certain cultural maturity to embed itself before Israeli food would shift to the far more logical cooking of the Sephardi - the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Jews.
- That having been said, there are white European Jews, Black Jews (Ethiopians and converts from America and elsewhere), Sephardi Jews from Arab lands and Indian Jews.
- Example sentences
- Ashkenazi Jews joined the Sephardic organizations in the towns of the interior, being too small in number to create their own organization.
- In contrast to Ashkenazic cultures and religious life, Sephardic Jewish religious and cultural life developed in concert with the Arab cultures that surrounded it.
- The Sephardic Jews differed from their Ashkenazi brethren in their language, customs, and habits.
Modern Hebrew, from sĕp̄āraḏ, a country mentioned in Obad. 20 and taken to be Spain.
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