Guide to the Papers of Henry Toledano


Processed by Rachel S. Harrison as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation.

American Sephardi Federation

Center for Jewish History

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Rachel S. Harrison in February 2010. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Henry Toledano
Title: Papers of Henry Toledano
Abstract: This is a compilation of items published by Dr. Toledano from 1973-2006. These items relate to the history of Sephardic Jewry, especially that of Moroccan Jews and Jews within the Muslim world.
Languages: The collection is in English, French and Hebrew.
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet
Identification: ASF AR-40
Repository: American Sephardi Federation
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Biographical Note

Henry Toledano was born in Meknes, Morocco, a descendant of a long line of rabbis and scholars, where he attended traditional (though Ashkenazi) Yeshivot. He immigrated to the United States in 1953. He received his B.A. from Wayne State University in 1959 and his Ph.D. in Hebrew and Arabic literature and Islamic civilization from Columbia University in 1969. Starting in 1975, Toledano served as Chairman of the Jewish Studies Program at Hofstra University, where he was a professor of Comparative Literature and Languages, teaching Hebrew and Arabic until his retirement. He has written on various aspects of Moroccan rabbinic culture, Judeo-Moslem relations, and Islamic Jurisprudence.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of articles and lecture brochures written by Toledano from 1973-2006 about Sephardic Jewry, particularly Moroccan Jewry in Morocco, Israel and the United States. Folders titles often contain the title and bibliographic information of several brochures and articles, separated by semi-colons.

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The collection is arranged in one series.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
American Sephardi Federation, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

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Related Material

The American Sephardi Foundation has many books, as well as audio and video materials, about the Jews of Morocco. In addition, there are materials by and about several members of Dr. Toledano’s well-known family, including Jacob Moses Toledano and Joseph Toledano.

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Separated Material

There is no information about materials that are associated by provenance to the described materials that have been physically separated or removed.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Papers of Henry Toledano; ASF AR-40; box number; folder number; American Sephardi Federation.

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Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to the American Sephardi Federation by Henry Toledano.

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Access Points

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Container List


Papers of Henry Toledano, 1973-2006

12 folders
1 1 Brochures of Lecture Series, Conferences, and Symposia on various aspects of Sephardic history, culture, and folklore sponsored by Toledano and directed at Hofstra University: "Project Sepharad" Lecture series, dating back to 1980, before Sephardic Judaism became popular; "The Sephardic Odyssey: 1492-1992: In Commemoration of the Quincentenary of the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain"; "Rationalism and Mysticism in the Sephardic Tradition: A Symposium in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the expulsion of the Jews from Spain" Thursday, November 12, 1992; "The Sephardic Ethos: From the Spanish Golden Age to Modern Israel”, JTS Franz Rosenzweig Lehrhaus Lectures: “The Sephardi Legacy among Moroccan Jews" 1980, 1992
1 2 Articles on various aspects of Sephardic Culture: "Sephardic Customs for Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkoth" Tarbuth Tidings. Volume 2, number 2 September, 1984; "Poetic and Pragmatic aspects of Sephardic Zionism" Focus - Zionist Council of the Arts and Sciences, number 6, Fall 1975; Review of “Voices in Exile: A Study in Sephardic Intellectual History”, by Marc Angel, Tradition, 1991 1975-1991
1 3 Articles on Moroccan Jewry’s historical relations with and immigration to Eretz Israel, in both English and Hebrew: "The Attachment of Moroccan Jewry to the Land of Israel according to Rabbinic Literature," In Rabbi Marc D. Angel (ed.) Haham Gaon Memorial Volume. Brooklyn, NY, Published by Sepher-Hermon Press for Sephardic House, 1997, pages 197-221; Yoman Masa shel Rabi Yitzhak Nisim Tolidano le-Aretz Yisrael ["The Diary of R. Isaac Nisim Toledano journey to Eretz Israel (1903)"] Ramat Gan: Universitat Bar-Ilan; "Yehadut Moroko ve-yishuv Aretz-Yi’sra’el: Toldot ha-aliyot ha-shonot shel Yehude Moroko mehameah ha-shesh esreh ve-ad rashit ha-meah ha-esrim" In Dr. Menahem Zohori, Prof. Arie Tartakover, Prof. Michael Zand, and Abraham Haim (eds.) Ha-Gut Ivrit be’artzot ha’Islam. Jerusalem: Brit Ivrit Olamit (World Hebrew Union and World Jewish Congress) 1997, undated
1 4 Various articles on Jewish history, Judeo-Muslim relations and on rabbinic culture in Morocco: "Rabbinic Education in Morocco in the 19th and 20th Centuries" Juifs du Maroc: Identite et Dialogue. La Pensee Sauvage. pages 203-221; "The Centrality of Reason and Common Sense in the Biblical and Talmudic Exegesis of Rabbi Rephael Berdugo (1747-1821)" Stanley Nash (ed.) Between History and Literature: Studies in Honor of Isaac Barzilay. Beyn historiah le-sifrut. Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishing House; Review of “Le Relations entre juifs et musulmans en afrique du nord, xix-xx siecles” Paris: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifque, 1980. In Journal of the American Oriental Society, vol. 104, no.3. July-Sept., 1984; "Takse Bar-Mitzvah u-minhagehem be-kehilat Mikhnas In Yishakhar Ben Ami (ed.) Mehakrim be-Tarvutam shel Yehude Tsefon-Afrikah. Yerushalayim: Va-ad Adat Ha-Maravim bi-Yerushalayim, 1991 1980-1991, undated
1 5 Two early articles on the problem of Israeli discrimination against Sephardim, which was rampant and ugly in the early days of the state. At the time, early in Toledano’s career, the subject was taboo and he was the only lone voice lecturing and writing on the subject. "The Crisis of Sephardic Culture in Israel" The Sephardic World, volume 1, number 1 Summer, 5732 pages 9-13; "Israel’s Sephardi Problem" Jewish Spectator, volume 38, number 4, April, 1973 pages 6-8 1972-1973
1 6 Article on the gathering in Toledo, Spain in 1992: "The Sound of the Shofar is Heard again in Toledo" Sephardic House Newsletter, volume 9, number 5, Fall, 1992 1992
1 7 Introduction in English for “Pi Hachamim: Ci inclues les oeuvres suivantes” Lod, Oroth Yahdout Hamagreb, 2000 2000
1 8 "Moroccan Jews: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" Article in Sephardi World, number 3, July-August, 1984 1984
1 9 "Rabbinic Education in Meknes in the First Half of the XXth Century" offprint from Miqqedem Umiyyam IX: Jewish Mother Communities: Studies on Fez and Meknes Haifa: University of Haifa, 2006, pages 329-372 2006
1 10 Letter about the “Zohar” documentary 2003 2003
1 11 “Practice of Judaism in Morocco”, The Encyclopaedia of Judaism volume IV, supplement one 2003 2003
1 12 “Zionism in Moroccan Judaism”, The Encyclopaedia of Judaism volume V, supplement two 2004 2004
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