Rabbi Meir Eleazar Atiya

Moroccan-Israeli paytan, researcher and teacher

The Jewish Music Research Centre of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem mourns the passing of Rabbi Meir Eleazar Atiya on Shabbat Zakhor, March 16, 2019,  after four years of severe illness and pain. No other date could have been more symbolic for his death, as this Shabbat marks the end of the bakkashot season according to the Moroccan tradition, of which Rabbi Atiyah was one of its main representatives of the past generation.


In Lachish

Directed by Isaac Zepel Yeshurun

Film about the town of Lachish and its residents. Towards the end of the film there is a one minute segment that features a traditional Moroccan Henna ceremony.

Complete film on Youtube, courtesy of the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive Virtual Cinema:

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Embroidered Canticles

Directed by Izza Genini

Film about Andalusian Jewish music. Featuring interviews on the subject aling with performances by Rabbi Haim Louk (information on his album that he released with Jewish Music Research Centre can be found here) and Abdelsadek Chekara.


Excerpt from the film:



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