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Why were Jews from Spain called Sephardim?

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2015-06-09 19:09:20
2015-06-09 19:09:20

Because "Sepharad" refers to Spain (Rashi commentary, on Obadiah 1:20).

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The word comes from the Jewish word "Sepharad," referring to a particular location.

As used today it means "Spanish" and specifically refers to the Jews on the Iberian Peninsula before they were expelled in the 15th century. It also refers to the liturgy, customs, and traditions of that community.

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