Moroccan Jewry



The Mimouna is a holiday celebrated by Moroccan Jewry. Jews have lived in Morocco, located in the Western part of North Africa, since Roman times. They were ruled by a variety of different peoples, including, during the past few centuries, the Arabs and the French. During all that time, Moroccan Jews maintained the customs of their forefathers and lived a life of Torah and mitzvoth.

Mimouna in Israel

With the establishment of the State of Israel, the messianic longings for Zion were replaced by practical steps toward aliyah. Aliyah shlichim reached even the most remote villages.


Whole communities uprooted themselves and set forth for the Holy Land. The majority of Moroccan Jews made aliyah (although some immigrated to France, Canada, the United States, and South America).

Mimouna Customs


The celebration of the Mimouna began several centuries ago.

What is the source of the name Mimouna?

There are those who believe that the source of the name is Maimon, the father of the Rambam (Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon), and that the day of the Mimouna marks the date of his birth or his death. There are others who believe that the name Mimouna comes from the Arab word for luck.  


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