Jewish seller reading the Torah in his shop, in the Shiraz bazaar (Shutterstock) Jewish seller reading the Torah in his shop, in the Shiraz bazaar (Shutterstock)

The term “Mizrahi” comes from the Hebrew word for “Eastern,” reflecting the geographic origin of these Jewish communities. Over centuries, Mizrahi Jews settled in different regions, including Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, and many others.

When discussing the Jewish diaspora, the focus often centers on the European Jewish experience, particularly the Holocaust and subsequent migrations to Israel and other parts of the world.

However, a lesser-known chapter in Jewish history is the forced exodus of Mizrahi Jews from Arab countries during the mid-20th century.

This tragic event uprooted thousands of Mizrahi Jews from their ancestral homes, leaving a lasting impact on their lives and shaping the demographic landscape of the region.


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