This project started with the realization that Moroccan Jewry is undergoing a rebirth as the new generation seeks out its roots. 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 any rhyme or reason. As of 2017 there does not exist even a single book in any language, but 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. Those not fluent in the language are reluctant to pick up a book in Hebrew and learn from it either because of intimidation or the language barrier. 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.
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
A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia.
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: August 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