September 7, 2013

Jewish History, Minus the Stereotypes

David Abulafia, Financial Times

A few Septembers ago I was in Toledo, and gravitated towards my favourite spot in Spain, the enchanting Tránsito synagogue. A festival of Jewish culture had brought crowds to the square outside, where local people dressed in Hasidic costume ran stalls selling Hebrew books and snacks as kosher as a pig’s trotter. Moreover, this was a Saturday, when no Hasid would be seen dead running a market stall. So it was a caricature of Jewish life, based more on eastern European models than the rich culture of medieval Toledo, the city of the three religions.
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