Hello & Shanah
I have discovered
- and read - with great excitement your on-line magazine,
The Scribe. Is it available in "hard copy"?
(I have a retired Iraqi Jewish friend on the South Coast of
the UK who I would like to have it sent to, if it is available
in paper form...)
For my part, I
am Jewish but not Iraqi, although I have been very influenced
by input" from certain Iraqi & Iranian sources
and would like to deepen my understanding of Iraqi tradition,
especially with a view to following it myself, so far as I
am able. Is there anywhere I might obtain tapes (especially
of davening, etc) or any other useful material?
At present, I
am living - with my wife & children - in North Manchester,
which - as you probably know - is heavily Charedi/Ashkenazi.
However, I'm told that somewhere in Manchester there is -
or was - an Iraqi community, although nobody I have spoken
to here in the "North" seems to know much about
I would be extremely
grateful for any help or suggestions you might be able to
offer, and, once again, congratulations on such an excellent
Thank you for
your comments on The Scribe. You could contact -
of Spanish & Portuguese Jews.,
18 Moor Lane
Tel No: 0161 792 7406
Thank you for
I am already familiar
with "Sha'arei Tefilla", the shul in Moor Lane that
you refer to, and I sometimes daven there.
the shul officially follows the "Florentine rite"
of Italy, its nusach is heavily shaped by a mixture of influences
from Morocco & Gilbraltar, together with a generic "Anglo-Ashkenazi/Sephardi"
mood. This is not meant as a criticism, but you will be well
aware of the differences in pronunciation and general nusach
that will exist between this shul and an Iranian or Iraqi
shul that has not become too "anglicised".
So far as any
knowledge of other communities is concerned, I'm afraid that
the general mood of Manchester is to have little interest
in anything that does not directly affect it within a tiny
geographic limit. Each "group" keeps to itself.
There is no point in my asking members of Moor Lane about
I have already
attempted this path. Believe me, there's no point.
I am not contacting
you out of total ignorance. I genuinely wish to obtain more
material regarding Iraqi nusach and I would be grateful if
you could help. I am not looking for generic "Sephardi"
material. I have no need to.
You could try:
83 M Ben-Porat Avenue
Or Yehuda 60261
Tel No: 00 9723 533 9278
They have tapes,
cassettes and videos which may be of interest to you.
you would like to make any comments or contribute to The
Scribe please contact