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Iraqi Judaism lives on in literary form

| ט׳ במרחשון ה׳תש״פ (07/11/2019) | 0 Comments
Iraqi Judaism lives on in literary form

by Joseph Croitoru Translated from the German by Nina Coon Interest in the Iraqi-Jewish cultural heritage is growing – both in Israel and Iraq. Novels in which emigrants and their children evoke the lost world of their forefathers are proving especially popular. By Joseph Croitoru Until around 70 years ago, Iraq was home to one […]

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Understanding the Indian Baghdadi Jews

| י״ט באב ה׳תשע״ט (20/08/2019) | 0 Comments
Understanding the Indian Baghdadi Jews

The Jewish Museum tells the history of British Jews while also celebrating the larger Jewish community.  One such community is the Baghdadi Jewish community of India. Originally from Iraq and Jewish Diasporas around the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean, this Jewish community played a crucial economic role in the region, which served as the trading centre […]

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Army troops play key role in preserving Iraqi Jewish heritage

| ט״ז באב ה׳תשע״ט (17/08/2019) | 0 Comments
Army troops play key role in preserving Iraqi Jewish heritage

By Steve DeVaneAirborne & Special Operations Museum exhibit is on display through Sept. 22. An exhibit of material related to the Jewish community in Iraq shows the important role Army troops can play in the preservation of culture, the director of the Airborne & Special Operations Museum said. Special Operations soldiers played a key role […]

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Lost history: understanding the unseen story of Iraqi Jews

| כ״ד בסיון ה׳תשע״ט (27/06/2019) | 0 Comments
Lost history: understanding the unseen story of Iraqi Jews

Hannah Harn learns about the history of the Jews of Iraq As of 2016, Ireland was home to fewer than 3,000 Jews. “In the region of Munster, we have about 95 people on a day to day basis and we’ll meet up occasionally,” said Aida Phelops of West Cork. Ms Phelops is a speaker on the […]

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What Do You Know? Iraq’s Jewish History

| כ״ג בסיון ה׳תשע״ט (26/06/2019) | 0 Comments
What Do You Know? Iraq’s Jewish History

March 25, 2019 In the series What Do You Know?, we feature scholars’ answers to questions about Jewish history and culture submitted by our readers. Q: An anonymous reader asks: Are there any Jews left in Iraq? A: Current fellow Annie Greene answers: The history of Jews in Iraq is a very long one, going back to 597 BCE when Jews […]

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Young Iraqis re-encounter their Jewish compatriots

| ל׳ בניסן ה׳תשע״ט (05/05/2019) | 0 Comments
Young Iraqis re-encounter their Jewish compatriots

by Gilgamesh Nabeel After seven decades of alienation, Iraqi Jews use culture to build bridges with their non-Jewish countrymen and vice versa.  Through Baghdadi folk songs and lullabies, British-born musician Carol Isaacs sailed with dozens of Iraqis and Britons from London all the way to her motherland in Mesopotamia. “The Wolf of Baghdad,” held at the SOAS […]

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A Lexicological Study of Arabic and Judaeo-Arabic in Iraqi Hebrew Novels

| כ׳ באדר א׳ ה׳תשע״ט (25/02/2019) | 0 Comments
A Lexicological Study of Arabic and Judaeo-Arabic in Iraqi Hebrew Novels

by Mohamed A. H. Ahmed ABSTRACT Sami Michael (b. Baghdad, 1926), Shimon Ballas (b. Baghdad, 1930) and Eli Amir (b. Baghdad, 1937) are three Iraqi Jewish authors who immigrated to Israel, having left Iraq during the mass migration of Jews from Arab countries during the 1950s. Although their mother tongue is Arabic, these three Iraqi Jewish […]

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In Exile, Iraqi Jews Are Desperate To Reclaim Their Artifacts

| י׳ באב ה׳תשע״ח (22/07/2018) | 0 Comments
In Exile, Iraqi Jews Are Desperate To Reclaim Their Artifacts

by Talia Zax Shortly after the Iraqi Jewish Archive was found, Doris Hamburg, then director of preservation programs at the National Archives, and Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler, then the National Archives’ chief of conservation, were brought to Iraq to assess the archive’s condition. The materials had been stored in 27 metal trunks packed into a freezer […]

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The Last Relics Of Iraq’s Jewish Past Are In America. Should They Be Returned?

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The Last Relics Of Iraq’s Jewish Past Are In America. Should They Be Returned?

by Talya Zax On a leafy parkway in the Jamaica section of Queens, there is a house that is no longer a house. It’s one of New York’s two Iraqi synagogues: Bene Naharayim. The building doubles, in some ways, as a museum. The sanctuary houses 18 Torahs kept in elaborately decorated wooden cases known as […]

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The Iraqi Jewish Archive Could Reshape Foreign Policy. But Its Future Is Uncertain

| י׳ באב ה׳תשע״ח (22/07/2018) | 0 Comments
The Iraqi Jewish Archive Could Reshape Foreign Policy. But Its Future Is Uncertain

by: Talya Zax   Iraqi Jews are sure the Iraqi Jewish Archive belongs to them, and they’re determined to get it back. Meanwhile, Iraq is holding firm to the claim that it owns the archive, which it sees as an important commemoration of a rich past destroyed by Saddam Hussein. I asked Iraq’s ambassador to […]

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Is the Lost Language of Iraqi Jews Really Lost?

| י׳ באב ה׳תשע״ח (22/07/2018) | 0 Comments
Is the Lost Language of Iraqi Jews Really Lost?

By Mardean Isaac On the anniversary of the Farhud of 1941, when Iraqi Jews’ violent dispossession began, a look at how the Baghdadi diaspora’s eventual return to Israel fostered scholarly interest in a rich Babylonian heritage   Is the Lost Language of Iraqi Jews Really Lost? Between 1948 and 1951, the vast majority of Iraq’s […]

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The Discovery and Rescue of Iraqi Jews’ Patrimony in Baghdad. Will It Now Be Lost?

| ט׳ באב ה׳תשע״ח (21/07/2018) | 0 Comments
The Discovery and Rescue of Iraqi Jews’ Patrimony in Baghdad. Will It Now Be Lost?



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