Literally translated as “the Ways of our Fathers”, Darké Abotenou started with the realization that Moroccan Jewry is undergoing a rebirth as the new generation seeks out its roots. So many customs have been formed over thousands of years of Moroccan Jewry and yet most of our parents cannot tell us definitively which customs apply to our families or why they came to be. The youth born outside of Morocco have only heard phrases such as “this is l’Ada” and “this is how it’s been done” without much explanation. As of 2017, there are but a few books, written in Hebrew, on the subject of minhagim or halakhot of Morocco. Even the books in Hebrew – as comprehensive as they may be – often are not all encompassing. Many of the people searching for this information are not fluent in the language and are therefore limited in their ability to connect with their pasts. Thus, the precious customs, piety, and actions of our forefathers are not being transmitted to our children whose thirst for understanding and reasoning has never been greater.
Darké Abotenou was born with the goal of taking the precious minhagim (customs) and teachings of our hakhamim (sages) a”h, whose presence in Morocco (haMa’arab haPenimi) dates back more than 2,000 years, and bringing them to the forefront of Moroccan consciousness through the use of modern technologies and outreach.
Since its inception, Darké Abotenou has grown immensely, B”H. Starting with only a few e-mails on our daily mailing list we have grown to over 5,000 daily subscribers in both English and French. Our YouTube channel to propagate Moroccan piyutim (songs) and tefilot (prayers) has grown to include over two hundred unique videos totalling over 2,400,000 views. And of course, all of this has finally led to the publication of our much-anticipated book of compiled customs of North Africa.
The halakhot presented on this site and in the daily mailings are sourced in the following books:
* Netibot haMa’arab by Ribi Eliyahou Bitton s”t
* Magen Abot by Ribi Mordekhai Lebhar s”t
* Dibré Shalom veEmet by Ribi Shelomo Toledano s”t
* Yalkut Shemesh by Ribi Eliyahou Ariel Edery s”t
A collection of halakhot and minhagim sampled from our publications
1.Darké Abotenou: Laws and Customs of the Jews of Morocco: Book Set 1 – A book encompassing the customs of daily life based on the topics of Shulhan ‘Arukh’s Orah Hayim, i.e. Talet, Tefilin, Shabat, Holidays, Berakhot, etc.
Expected Completion: November 2017
2.Darké Abotenou: Les Lois et Coutumes des Juifs du Maroc: Tome 1 – The above book translated into French.
Expected Completion: 2018
3. Darké Abotenou: Laws and Customs of the Jews of Morocco: Book Set 2 – A book encompassing the customs of the Jewish life cycle based on the topics of Shulhan ‘Arukh’s Yoré De’a and Eben Ha’Ezer, i.e. Kashrut, Berit Mila, Weddings, Mourning, Family Purity, etc.
Expected Completion: 2018
4.Darké Abotenou: Les Lois et Coutumes des Juifs du Maroc: Tome 2 – The above book translated into French.
Expected Completion: 2019
5. Sefer on Moroccan Hakhamim, their Published Works, and their Lives in Morocco