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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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Hezbollah operative planning attacks on Jewish targets sentenced in Cyprus

Ron Kampeas The dual Lebanese-Canadian citizen was given a six-year prison term after material used for explosives was found in his home. ... [Link]

Hamas terror cell planning attack arrested in West Bank

Marcy Oster Among the 40 operatives arrested were Hamas officials who have been jailed in the past for their involvement in terror activities. ... [Link]

S. African Jewish board files racism complaint against ex-student leader

Marcy Oster The ex-Witwatersrand University leader made “racist and defamatory comments” on the radio against the South African Jewish community, according to the board’s criminal complaint. ... [Link]

Jerusalem family renovating home uncovers 2,000-year-old mikvah

Ron Kampeas The ritual bath was excavated in a neighborhood long believed to be the home of John the Baptist, the ascetic Jewish preacher who inspired Jesus. ... [Link]

Amsterdam chief rabbi to resign 

Cnaan Liphshiz Aryeh Ralbag, whose contract expires in 2017, has had a tense relationship with the board of the Jewish Community of the Netherlands. ... [Link]

Nicholas Winton, Kindertransport organizer known as ‘British Schindler,’ dies at 106

Ron Kampeas Sir Nicholas Winton was known as the “British Schindler” for arranging the rescue of 669 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to England. ... [Link]

WATCH: Ad tells Chuck Schumer to tip balance in Iran talks

Andrew Tobin The Emergency Committee for Israel released a video ad calling on New Yorkers to demand Schumer “stand firm” in the talks — especially on inspections. ... [Link]

Prague’s Jewish museum launches new permanent exhibit

Marcy Oster The historic Maisel Synagogue, located in the heart of the former Jewish district, also has undergone a major renovation. ... [Link]

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