Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Moroccan Judaism ~ A Lecture and Documentary

What was once a key part of Moroccan culture and society is now on the way to being forgotten. There is much confusion and even resentment caused by the massive Jewish immigration to Israel and many people now confuse terms such as Judaism and Zionism. This confusion and lack of information has caused many people to forget or to even look negatively on a people who were once their neighbours and a culture that is even now intricately a part of their own. This film seeks to resolve the confusion and to educate people about this history of a culture which cannot be separated from Moroccan culture as a whole.

"My Neighbour...the Jew”

"My Neighbour...the Jew” highlights Muslim-Jewish relations in Morocco. Muslims in Morocco talk about their Jewish neighbours in a very nostalgic manner, and Jews remember Muslims as good neighbours and friends. The Jewish interviewees are strongly attached to their roots and history in Morocco, which they are not willing to give up. The title accentuates the concept of “neighbour,” which echoes the message of the documentary. The neighbour in both Islam and Judaism, as well as in the Moroccan culture, is almost hallowed. The Hebrew Bible says "Love thy neighbour as thyself" (Leviticus 19:18). There is a Hadith narrated by the Prophet of Islam that states "The best neighbour in Allah's estimation is the one who is best to his neighbour" (Al-Tirmidhi, Number 1287), and the famous Moroccan proverb "Choose your neighbour before your house."

This lecture, organised by the ALC-ALIF Cultural Heritage Club, is free and open to the general public.


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