Vanishing Tribe

The scene inside Beth El synagogue is resplendent with Jewish tradition. Fathers and sons wearing yarmulkes are singing from prayer books. In a Shabbat, or Sabbath, ritual familiar to Jews everywhere, Rabbi Israel Hazout leads the congregation through a Hebrew reading of the Torah-Judaic teachings inscribed on a ceremonial scroll. "We lead a normal Jewish life," he says after the three-hour service. "People practice their religion how they like."

Unexpected words, perhaps, from a Jewish citizen in a Muslim country. But Morocco has long promoted tolerance, encouraging Jews to practice their customs alongside the Muslim majority. Yet despite...

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