Over the generations, people have always tried to change the sefardim. The Ashkenaz wanted them to be like them and slowly but surely, many of the sefardi traditions have died out. Instead of this, it is the Askenazim whom should have wanted to draw close to the sefardi traditions. Most of the greatest Kabbalists, Tzaddikim, were sefardim! The Arizal, the Ben Ish Chai and Rav Yosef Karo to name a few.
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