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This was such a wonderful way to go to Morocco for 90 minutes. Totally enjoyable.
I've been to Morocco multiple times, and while I've heard about the Fez and Meknes Mellahs and about the almost legendary rapport between the Sultans of Morocco and the Jewish population, Dr. Gottreich managed to pack more into an hour lecture than I had learned in all my prior visits. In particular, the distinction between Berber Jewish tradition and Sephardic Jewish tradition was fascinating. Thank you so much for this rich detail.
The presentation was very well organized and presented. I particularly enjoyed the video clips.
This was such a well organized and very informative lecture. I loved the photos and the two sound examples Dr. Gottreich played. I now feel I have a better grasp of the history of the Jews in Morocco and I am looking forward to traveling there.
In 1973, I spent a month in Morocco, mostly off the beaten path and it was heaven. You transported me back there in an instant.
I am a Jew by choice, married to an Israeli. We both learned so much from the breadth and depth of your talk. With our April 2020 trip to Israel cancelled (and probably on hold indefinitely now), I think going back to Morocco, and making the connection to the Jewish heritage there might assuage some of that loss.
I loved your insights into the history and nature of the Jews in the region and the comparisons to their European counterparts. The glimpse of what a truly integrated society can look like was tantalizing and hopeful, and your comments about women in the Mellah were eye-opening.
Your obvious joy in your subject kept us completely engaged. Thank you so much for sharing your time.
Warm regards, ~Margot Law & Arye Hess