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The macro events of the 19th and 20th centuries created extreme turbulence amongst many ancient Jewish communities. In this episode, we examine the effects of colonialism on Moroccan society, the opposing influences of Arab Nationalism and Zionism, and the complicated story of the Jewish emigration from Morocco to Israel.

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  • Dhimmi: (Arabic) Protected person; refers to specific individuals living in Muslim lands, who were granted special status and safety in Islamic law in return for paying the capital tax.
  • Mellah: (Arabic) Walled Jewish quarter of cities in Morocco
  • Amazigh: (Tamazight) Indigenous people of North Africa, often referred to as Berbers
  • Ma’abarot: (Hebrew) Absorption camps for immigrants arriving in Israel in the 1950’s
  • Mizrahi: (Hebrew) Term for Jews with origins in North Africa or the Middle East
  • Ashkenazi: (Hebrew) Term for Jews with origins in Europe or Russia

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