Adam Shatz: Iraqi Jews, 6 November 2008
Show More Memories of Eden: A Journey through Jewish Baghdad by Violette Shamash, edited by Mira Rocca and Tona Rocca.
Forum, 326 pp., £14.99, February 2008, 978 0 9557095 0 0Show More
Baghdad, Yesterday: The Making of an Arab Jew by Sasson Somekh.
Ibis, 186 pp., £9.50, November 2007, 978 965 90125 8 9Show More
“... first temple in 587 BCE, would have seemed unthinkable at the beginning of the 20th century. As Violette Shamash writes, Babylon was the home of ‘our patriarch Abraham Abinou’; the place where the Talmud was written and Jewish law codified. And if distant memories weren’t enough to bind Jews to their ancestral home, something more tangible ...”