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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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Gabe Friedman Denmark’s highest-ranking Nazi died in Germany, which refused to extradite him on several occasions. ... [Link]

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Marcy Oster The lawmakers issued the demand at a meeting with deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, who reportedly agreed to send along the message. ... [Link]

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Marcy Oster The JCRC of Greater Washington and B’nai B’rith ripped the state agency’s call to change venues for the November trip. ... [Link]

What does the new ‘Daily Show’ host think about Israel?

Gabe Friedman Will Jon Stewart successor Trevor Noah, who is South African, compare Israeli policies to apartheid? ... [Link]

Topol to receive Israel Prize lifetime achievement award

Marcy Oster Former diplomat Esther Herlitz will be recognized similarly, the Education Ministry said, at next month’s ceremonies on Israel’s Independence Day. ... [Link]

Brooklyn Jews attacked with paint

Julie Wiener New York police are investigating whether the two incidents were hate crimes. ... [Link]

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