Read up on Ashkenormativity and Diversity in Jewish communities, e.g:
• from My Jewish Learning — diversity
• from Hey Alma — ashkenormativity
• from Lilith — Mizrachi in Memphis
• and from the nerdy Judaism – StackExchange, just FYI:
The nusach used by Jews of Sephardic extraction (meaning either Jews who live in Spain and Portugal, or are descended from those who were expelled from those places in 1492) is called “Nusach Sepharadi”. This term has been (incorrectly) used to describe the nusach of those of the Edot Hamizrach (Jews from Iran, Syria, Egypt, Israel, and so on). It would be more correct to refer to the nusach of Spain/Portugal as “Nusach Sepharadi” and the nusach of other Sephardic communites as “Nusach Edot Hamizrach”, and truth be told this is how it is today in the world of siddurim.
However, Nusach Sefard is an Ashkenazi nusach, formed by the Chasidim in 19th Century Europe. It was developed to blend the traditional Nusach Ashkenaz with the writings of the Arizal. It is best described as a cross-breed between Nusach Ashkenaz and Edot Hamizrach.
FOOTNOTE to the nerdy note: “Edot HaMidwest” (see below) is a nod to “Edot Hamizrach”Check out one/both of these videos plus related study guides, at “Speaking Torah to Power”
- “Breaking the Antisemitism Cycle Through Solidarity,” from Dove Kent (2018)
- “Resilience Through the Practice of Lament” from Dr. Koach Frazier (2019)
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