Monday, September 1, 2014 Elul 6, 5774
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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Many have argued that dividing the conflict-ridden Iraqi state into separate Kurdish, Sunni and Shi'ite zones -- something akin to a partition plan -- could quell the ongoing violence there. But according to Iranian dissident Alireza Jafarzadeh, such a strategy is doomed because it ignores the real problem at hand: the Islamic Republic of Iran. In a lecture last week,...
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The growing modernization of Bedouin culture in Israel
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Carin M. Smilk, JE Feature
At first glance, Um Batin seems almost familiar. It's as if you've glimpsed something like it before, in a TV docudrama, on the glossy pages of National Geographic, as part of a news clip on CNN. It's part Middle Eastern, part African. It's part dust bowl, part fledgling village. It speaks of poverty, though there's a gentle mood to the...
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Ryan Teitman
In Iran, a country whose president recently held an international conference denying that the Holocaust ever occurred, a small Jewish community exists on the edge of society. Its members live in a state of tension between their faith and their deep-rooted ties to Persian culture. Mostly located in the larger cities of Tehran, Isfahan and Shiraz, the Jews of Iran...
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Michael Schudrich, a New York-born rabbi, has spent the better part of two decades working to revive Jewish life in Poland, particularly in its capital, Warsaw. But he still feels the need to, if not defend his work, at least explain why he's put so much effort into the very place where the annihilation of Europe's Jews occurred -- and...
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The idea of a museum dedicated to retelling the history of Polish Jewry -- a state-of-the-art institution erected on Polish soil -- is moving closer to reality after more than a decade of planning, fundraising and, at times, heated debate over what exactly it should convey. The international team of planners behind the Museum of the History of Polish Jews...
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