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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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Obama rallies supporters against ‘billionaire’ opponents of Iran deal

Ron Kampeas In an invite-only phone call, the president said the same people who got the U.S. into the Iraq war are now opposing the nuclear agreement. ... [Link]

Woody Allen: I was a ‘paternal’ figure to Soon-Yi Previn

Gabe Friedman The 79-year-old director opened up about his private life to a surprising extent in an NPR interview. ... [Link]

With polls of U.S. Jews on Iran at odds, which to believe?

Uriel Heilman A close look at how the questions were asked and how the polls were conducted yields some hints. ... [Link]

Israel’s education chief to increase funding ‘dramatically’ for LGBT group

Julie Wiener Naftali Bennett, whose Jewish Home party represents a pro-settler constituency, announced the added money hours after an attack at the Jerusalem gay pride parade that wounded six marchers. ... [Link]

Colorado school district settles church-state case with Jewish teacher

Julie Wiener The settlement stipulates that the district stop allowing the numerous religious activities cited in the lawsuit, notably by one particular church. ... [Link]

Why Trevor Noah will make the ‘Daily Show’ 75% less Jewish

Gabe Friedman The new “Daily Show” host is planning some significant changes to Jon Stewart’s Jew-y comedy program. ... [Link]

Knesset passes law allowing force-feeding of prisoners

Julie Wiener The law, approved by a 46-40 vote, comes in response to several hunger strikes by Palestinian prisoners in recent years. ... [Link]

Actor Jason Segel opens up about childhood as Jewish outsider

Andrew Tobin Like David Foster Wallace, who he plays in his new movie, Segel said he long felt unsure of his place in the world. ... [Link]

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