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Is there any resource which details the minhagim of so-called Spanish-Portuguese Jews (the original Sephardim)? Knowing what little I know of their havarah, as well as their relative closeness to the western Ashkenazi tradition (considering the wide differences) I have often wondered what their minhagim are and how they differ from Ashkenazi and Mizrachi minhagim.

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Pretty similar to teimonim as they both went by rambam –  MoriDoweedhYaa3qob Jul 13 at 14:52
@MoriDoweedhYaa3qob, not sure about that, although I've never been to a true esnoga, admittedly, the closest I've come to nusa7 Teimon is from an Adeni Shami who once lejned haftarah at my schul. –  Noach mi Frankfurt Jul 13 at 14:57
Speaking of which, @MoriDoweedhYaa3qob, I know this is unrelated, but do you know the tying pattern for Shami tzitzit? Do they follow the Rambam? The Ben Ish Chai? The General Sephardi minhag? –  Noach mi Frankfurt Jul 13 at 14:57

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Refer to Keter Shem Tob, by Rabbi Shem-Tob Gaguine (1884-1953). The Spanish-Portuguese are not "original" Sephardim. Spanish-Portuguese Jews are descended from those who lived in Spain/Portugal until the 1600's, when they were able to travel abroad (to Amsterdam, for example) and were able to live as Jews. Since they had little Jewish knowledge they studied with Levantine Jews who were descended from those who fled Spain and Portugal on or about 1492 and 1497, respectively. Many differences in the Spanish-Portuguese prayers result from an avoidance of qabbalistic influences (especially in reaction to the travesties of the Shabbatai Sewi incident).

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Hello Hayyim, and welcome to Mi Yodeya! Thank you for your great answer to this question, +1 –  Shokhet Oct 3 at 18:51
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I think this book might be a useful resource: A Treasury of Sephardic Laws and Customs by Herbert C. Dobrinsky


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