The Young Leadership of Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party) sharply attacked Sari Raz, Monday for saying that she and other members of the committee that chose the personalities to appear on Israel's new banknotes could not think of any 20th-century poets from the Mizrachi (Sephardic) Jewish communities.
Recalling the name of 11th-century Spanish poet Solomon ibn-Gabirol, for example, a statement by the Jewish Home youth said there was no shortage of poets' names and expressed surprise that the committee chose to ignore 20th-century poet Asher Mizrachi who, they said, qualified to be put on the banknotes. They noted that his songs, "Nagila" and "Habibi" are among the songs sung by many families around Shabbat tables.
The Golden Age of the Jews in Spain gave rise to many Sephardic poets. Yemenite Jews have their own famous exemplar, Rabbi Shabzi.