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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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At White House Hanukkah party, Obama emphasizes freedom and food

Ron Kampeas President Obama’s Hanukkah message was a riff on the old “They tried to kill us, we won, let’s eat” theme, hitting notes of freedom for Alan Gross and Jewish food. ... [Link]

With ‘team’ portrait, Jewish ballplayers go to bat for charities

mbrodsky Koufax, Rosen and Braun are on the roster of major leaguers who have signed a painting that’s paying off for philanthropies. Greenberg’s there, too, without the autograph. ... [Link]

Rabbi Harold Schulweis — spiritual leader, author and activist — dies at 89

Julie Wiener Schulweis led Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, Calif. — one of the largest congregations in the United States — for nearly 45 years, authored nine books and helped found several Jewish organizations.... [Link]

North American immigration to Israel rose 7 percent in 2014

Marcy Oster Some 3,762 olim arrived in Israel this year from the United States and Canada. ... [Link]

Research team using imaging to study Holocaust killing sites in Ukraine

Cnaan Liphshiz With funding from Germany, experts are trying to demarcate Holocaust-era mass graves without violating religious laws. ... [Link]

Harvard president calls for probe into halting of SodaStream purchases

Marcy Oster Protests by Palestinian students and their supporters led to the move by the university’s dining service over the water machines made in a West Bank factory. ... [Link]

Palestine resolution submitted to U.N. Security Council

Marcy Oster The resolution calls for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem by the end of 2017 and for a negotiated peace between Israel and the Palestinians within one year. ... [Link]

Record-breaking French aliyah dwarfs immigration from North America

Cnaan Liphshiz In the first 11 months of 2014, Israel saw the arrival of 6,655 people from France, which tops the chart as source for Jewish immigrants to Israel, ... [Link]

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