The Heart is a Mirror: The Sephardic Folktale

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Since their expulsion from Spain in 1492, Sephardic Jews have managed to maintain their Jewish faith and Spanish group identity and have developed a uniquely Judeo-Spanish culture wherever they settled. Among the important cultural ties within these Sephardic groups are Judeo-Spanish folktales, stories that have been passed down from generation to generation, either in the distinct language of the group, Judeo-Spanish (Ladino), or in other languages, such as Hebrew. In The Heart Is a Mirror, Tamar Alexander-Frizer examines the folk narratives of Sephardic Jews to view them both in relation to universal narrative traditions and the traditions of Jewish culture.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDetroit
PublisherWayne State University Press
Number of pages704
ISBN (Electronic)9780814340059
ISBN (Print)9780814329719
StatePublished - Dec 2007

Publication series

NameRaphael Patai series in Jewish folklore and anthropology


  • Manners and customs
  • Jews
  • Folklore
  • Sephardim
  • Ladino
  • Volkserzählung
  • Spain


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