It's interesting how the composers, when they left Germany and Central Europe picked up on the "Mediteranean Sounds" they heard in the streets of Jaffa and Tel Aviv.as far back as the thirties and fourties. Indeed, there were writers in those early days of Sephardic origins that described the life of those Jews that were "not Ashkenazim", Yehuda Burla, perhaps. Later, there were Iraqi Jews that offered us "Tarnoglie Kaparot", as well as novels that were clearly "of the Lett". That we yearn for Eastern Europe, but seem to forget the Salonika was "the New York of the Mediteanean", that Jews contributed to the cutture of Egypt and Iraq in the early decades of the twentieth century far beyond thier numbers, Heck, even Jabotinsky regarded the Sephardim of Mandatory Palestne as an integral part of the the regional culture. It is said that that the first part of the melody in Hatikvah was a Sephardic tune, no less! Other than that . . . if you scratch some Polish Jews, you will discover a Sephardic Jew, someone that reached Eastern Europe in interesting ways. What can I tell ya' Sometimes these Shiknoonzim are too smart for their own good.
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