Who Are the Mizrahi? Originally Published October 25-26, 2019.

Last week we mentioned the Mizrahi.  Then over the weekend I came upon a copy of a Young People’s Zionist League newsletter from 1919 which carried a story about the Mizrachi Organization.  I took it as a sign. Mizrahi Jews (מִזְרָחִים) (coined in the 1950s, from the term Edot Hammizrah, Communities of the East) derive Read More…

What Is a “Hakafah”? Originally Published October 18, 2019.

We are doing a lot of “hakafoting” recently, as I like to say!  Okay, I made up that verb by smashing the Hebrew into an English construct.  But it may yet catch on…. Hakafah (הקפה) (plural is הקפות) derives from the sense of “surrounding” or “encircling.”  In this case it means “to go around.”  (הקפה Read More…