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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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50 Jews move into predominantly Arab Jerusalem neighborhood

Julie Wiener Activists from a right-wing group, escorted by police, moved into the building in Silwan Thursday. ... [Link]

JDC’s CEO Alan Gill to step down after four-year tenure

Gabe Friedman Gill cited a desire to return to Israel as one of the reasons he is stepping down. ... [Link]

Warning about Detroit JCC counselor charged with child porn went nowhere

Julie Wiener The JCC discovered last Friday that camp supervisors had learned of “inappropriate conduct” by Matthew Kuppe last year, but failed to notify senior management. ... [Link]

500,000 sign petition to end Israel’s Gaza blockade

Ben Sales The petition lays the blame for construction delays in Gaza principally on Israel. ... [Link]

Hebrew National won’t post any more non-kosher videos

Ben Sales The decision comes after an Aug. 6 JTA article on Hebrew National videos advertising the hot dogs with bacon, shellfish and cheese. ... [Link]

How the Pew study reveals a gulf between U.S. and Israeli haredi Jews

Ben Sales American haredi Orthodox Jews are different not only from other American Jews but also from Israeli haredim. ... [Link]

Talking racism and housing with the writer behind HBO’s ‘Show Me a Hero’

Lisa Keys A Q&A with Lisa Belkin, whose narrative nonfiction about public housing in Yonkers inspired the HBO miniseries. ... [Link]

Israeli conductor Barenboim trying for Tehran concert

Ben Sales Israeli Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev criticized the initiative ... [Link]

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