20 Jun 2006

Jews whose “recent” (within the last “thousand-or-so” years) ancestors were from Southern Italy, Spain, Portugal, North Africa or the Arabian countries, as opposed to “Ashkenazim.” There are some limited variations in Jewish custom between the “Sefardic” communities (who generally follow the “Mechaber” in disputes with the RAMA) and the “Ashkenazic” communities [who follow the RAMA].