Welcome to Darke Abotenou

Dark Abotenou was started on 23 Marheshvan 5769 or Nov. 21, 2008 by two university students from Toronto, Canada with a passion for Tora and their Moroccan heritage.

The idea for this project was conceived at a Shabat table full of young Moroccans, including one of the founders. The Baal haBayit (the owner of the house) recited Qidush and the founder was the only one who responded Barukh Hu uBarukh Shemo when the name of G-d was mentioned in the berakhot (blessings).  At the end, many individuals approached him, telling him that we do not say that because it constitutes a hefseq (an interruption) in a berakha that includes you Moroccans do not hold like this and are even obligated according to some to respond Barukh Hu uBarukh Shemo when hearing any berakha.

Shortly after, Dark Abotenou was born with the goal of making known the precious minhagim (customs) and teachings of our Hakhamim (Sages) ah whose presence in Morocco (haMaarab haPenimi) dates back more than 2,000 years.

Since this incident, Dark Abotenou has grown immensely, BH. 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. We have created a YouTube channel to propagate Moroccan piyutim (songs) and tefilot (prayers). This channel today has 100+ unique videos totaling over 600,000 views.

The halakhot presented on this site and in the daily mailings are sourced in the following books:

* Netibot haMaarab eH Ribi Eliyahou Bitton st

* Maghen Abot eH Ribi Mordekhai Lebhar st

* Dibr Shalom veEmet eH Ribi Shelomo Toledano st

* Yalqut Shemesh eH Ribi Eliyahou Ariel Edery st

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מכתב להרשאל על מנהגי מרוקו

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Parashat VaYigash - Fasting on the 10th of Tebet

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Answering "Baruch Hu uBaruch Shemo" - "Bless Him and bless His name"

Dec 06 2014
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