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Traveling to Kurdistan, and to one’s soul

With the plethora of books about diasporas out there, it is hard to know which one is worth reading. Many of the books echo similar sentiments about belonging to a diaspora, and employ similar research tools: interview many family members, travel to distant lands that the family once occupied, bring the reader back to the author’s life, whereupon he ties the ancestral story to his own. 

But Ariel Sabar’s My Father’s Paradise, stands out. 

Not only is it one of those books that you don’t put down once you start, but Sabar challenges the values that carried his people from its place of origin to its diaspora.

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US women in Iraq fight two wars

The Lonely Soldier, the private war of women serving in Iraq, is a book with such disturbing facts that if you had supported the war in Iraq, by the end of reading this book, you will be left questioning it or better yet, enraged, and wanting to take to the streets about it.The book, due out next month, is written and superbly researched by Helen Benedict, a prolific writer and professor of journalism at Columbia University.Because of her journalism background, it is hard to hide from the facts ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 March 2009 13:20 )

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Valley of strength

Valley of Strength, considered a classic amongst Israeli literature, is a book that the English-speaking public can finally access. Written by Shulamit Lapid, a central figure of the Israeli literary scene and an award-winning author, the book tells the story of Israel through a feminist lens. For Israel, this book is a sort of “coming of age.” The story speaks of an idealized Israel, long before it became a state. It is also a story of a 16 year-old girl, who already must become a woman. A...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 May 2012 11:32 )

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In Belgium and France, Jews and Jewish museum employee threatened

Cnaan Liphshiz An African employee at Brussels’ Jewish Museum was warned that talking of Jews is “dangerous for you.” ... [Link]

Alleged Nazi war criminal who moved to Canada dies at 93

Julie Wiener For years Vladimir Katriuk was second on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of “most wanted” Nazi war criminals. ... [Link]

U.K. launches inquiry into Hasidic group over female driving ban

Julie Wiener The inquiry followed the issuing of a letter from Belz rabbis in London saying that female drivers violate “the traditional rules of modesty in our camp” and that children would be expelled from B... [Link]

Op-Ed: Comprehensive approach to fighting BDS is needed

Ben Harris Attempts to combat BDS through legislation won’t hold up in America and distract attention from efforts to forget a comprehensive approach, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League wr... [Link]

Prince William to attend London Jewish fundraiser

Cnaan Liphshiz Britain’s future king will speak next moth before 1,400 people celebrating the 25th anniversary of Jewish Care. ... [Link]

Washington court ruling opens door to lawsuit over BDS

Cnaan Liphshiz Washington State justices reversed a decision that protected the Olympia Food Co-op from litigation over its boycott of Israeli products. ... [Link]

Miami Beach rabbi suspected of molesting 11-year-old girl

Cnaan Liphshiz Steve Karro. 55, says there was nothing improper in how he kissed and hugged alleged victim, whom he reportedly asked not to tell about the encounter. ... [Link]

Hollande warns of new hate at ceremony for resistance fighters

Cnaan Liphshiz Nazis and jihadists bear differenct faces, but both target journalists and Jews, the French president says at the Pantheon. ... [Link]

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