The Order of the Pesach Seder in the Judeo-Spanish Tradition

This is another belated video for Passover. The order of the Pesach Seder is chanted in the Judeo-Spanish tradition. The language is Hebrew, but the custom reflects the tradition of Spanish and Portuguese Jews who left the Iberian Peninsula and settled in the Ottoman Empire.

Musically, the Judeo-Spanish tradition is very different than the melodies of the Western Sephardim, that is the Spanish and Portuguese Jews (primarily former Conversos) who settled in the Amsterdam, Hamburg, London, etc.


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Rabbi Juan Bejarano-Gutierrez is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas where he earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering. He studied at the Siegal College of Judaic Studies in Cleveland and received a Master of Arts Degree with Distinction in Judaic Studies. He completed his doctoral studies at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago in 2015. His doctoral dissertation is titled “Complex Identities: Christian and Jewish Attitudes Towards Conversos” and was accepted in September 2015. He also studied at the American Seminary for Contemporary Judaism and received rabbinic ordination in 2011 from Yeshiva Mesilat Yesharim.