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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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With jabs at Obama, CUFI lobbies for Iran sanctions, end to P.A. aid

Ron Kampeas With sharp jabs at the Obama administration, Christians United for Israel launched its annual Washington rally with appeals to Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran and cut off funding to the Pales... [Link]

Rocket hits Tel Aviv-area home as Gaza fighting continues

Marcy Oster A rocket or part of a rocket fired from Gaza scored a direct hit on a house in a suburb of Tel Aviv. ... [Link]

Ukrainian Jewish leaders slam top European rabbis’ visit to Crimea

Cnaan Liphshiz Leaders of a prominent Jewish community in Ukraine criticized European rabbis who attended a Kremlin-sponsored Holocaust commemoration ceremony in Crimea. ... [Link]

U.S. commits $47 million in humanitarian assistance for Gaza

Marcy Oster The United States has committed $47 million to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. ... [Link]

State Department warns Americans to defer Israel travel

Marcy Oster The U.S. State Department has issued a warning to American citizens, calling on them to defer non-essential travel to Israel and the West Bank. ... [Link]

Two more IDF soldiers killed in Gaza combat, another believed dead is missing

Marcy Oster Two additional Israeli soldiers were killed in combat in Gaza, and a soldier who was believed to have been killed when an IDF armored vehicle was attacked is missing. ... [Link]

Kibitzing with Alan Dershowitz at the Chilmark General Store

Anthony Weiss The famed attorney and other machers schmooze at a low-key spot on Martha’s Vineyard. ... [Link]

After Harvard, Alan Dershowitz plans an active — and combative — retirement

Anthony Weiss The famed attorney has retired from Harvard Law School, but he is not planning a quiet life. ... [Link]

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