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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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From Baghdad to Boston and Beyond”: A Memoir of an Iraqi Jew

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From Baghdad to Boston and Beyond”: A Memoir of an Iraqi Jew

“From Baghdad to Boston and Beyond”: A Memoir of an Iraqi Jew”. Amy Dane co-author of Dr. Jacob Shammash’s story of emigration from Baghdad in 1947, after the Farhud and his amazing success in America. The book is a true story of love, horror, sadness and joy. reinvention of one man and his family in […]

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Ending the Humiliation (Vic Rosenthal)

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Ending the Humiliation (Vic Rosenthal)

 by Vic Rosenthal When the muhtasib or his agent comes to collect the jizya, he should stand the dhimmi in front of him, slap him on the side of the neck and say: “Pay the jizya, unbeliever.” The dhimmi will take his hand out of his pocket holding the jizya and present it to him with […]

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The Jew Who Helped Defeat Iraq’s pro-Nazi Regime

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The Jew Who Helped Defeat Iraq’s pro-Nazi Regime

by Ofer Aderet Yoav Byron Kattan, who passed away last week, founded a Zionist underground in Iraq and served as a judge in Israel Yoav Byron Kattan, a retired judge from Be’er Sheva who died last week, once recalled how “Nazi ideology was bubbling up” in his native Iraq during his formative years. Decades after […]

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From Baghdad To Kokomo

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From Baghdad To Kokomo

Memoir Of A Young Man’s Odyssey To America by Albert Kudsizadeh A compelling account of growing up during the mid-twentieth century in the two oldest and once vibrant Jewish communities of Iraq and Iran–the first now obliterated, the second eroded. From Baghdad to Kokomo is part memoir, part history in which momentous events are interwoven […]

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Former Miss Iraq: Arab-Israeli conflict ‘deeply rooted’ in anti-Semitism

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Former Miss Iraq: Arab-Israeli conflict ‘deeply rooted’ in anti-Semitism

At UN Human Rights Council, Sarah Idan calls out Iraqi government for not backing her after she got death threats for joint photo with Miss Israel By TOI staff A former Iraqi representative to the Miss Universe beauty pageant on Tuesday condemned Arab states for their criticism of Israel and said hostility to the Jewish […]

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I Am an Iraqi Jew

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I Am an Iraqi Jew

Naim Dallal. Directed by Lindsay McLean (his grandaughter)

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Remembering Purim in Iraq; a Paradise of Parties and Pastries

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Remembering Purim in Iraq; a Paradise of Parties and Pastries

Like visions of date palms laden with fruit, Purim in Iraq was paradise for children. “We were excused from school and over the two-day holiday, we’d attend six parties,” says Nora Iny, who grew up in Baghdad during the 1960s. She is now a trustee of Congregation Bene Naharayim, an Iraqi synagogue in Jamaica Estates, […]

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‘I’ve been sentenced to death’ – a farewell letter of an Iraqi Jew in 1969

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‘I’ve been sentenced to death’ – a farewell letter of an Iraqi Jew in 1969

By Zack Evans, Cassandra Gomes-Hochberg Sami Halali and his family were able to flee Iraq to Israel in 1971. Sami explained that the family hid the letter in their house after they received it in Iraq, but read it only once because of the pain it caused. The last letter of an Iraqi Jew executed […]

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Ceremony Marks 50th Anniversary of Notorious Hanging of Baghdad Jews

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Ceremony Marks 50th Anniversary of Notorious Hanging of Baghdad Jews

by Benjamin Kerstein Iraqi Jews arriving at Lod Airport in Israel in 1951. Photo: Israel Government Press Office. The 50th anniversary of the public hanging of nine Iraqi Jews and the subsequent killing and imprisonment of dozens more was marked by a ceremony held at the centuries-old Sephardi synagogue of Bevis Marks in the UK […]

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Iraq Still Honors This Jewish Star Known as the ‘Voice of Baghdad’

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Iraq Still Honors This Jewish Star Known as the ‘Voice of Baghdad’

by: Eness Elias Salima Mourad, a singer who rose to fame in the early 1900s in Iraq – but remained there unlike many Jewish musicians – still strikes a chord today Salima Mourad takes the stage with her head slightly bowed and a big smile, wearing a sleeveless dress. She always looks stylish; she doesn’t […]

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A Group of Young Iraqis Risk Imprisonment to Reconnect With Their Country’s Jewish Past

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A Group of Young Iraqis Risk Imprisonment to Reconnect With Their Country’s Jewish Past

by: Eetta Prince-Gibson Seven decades after the mass Jewish exodus from Iraq, a group of intrepid Iraqis and Israelis are holding clandestine meetings and talks in a bid to rekindle ties between the two countries and their peoples His real name isn’t Gilgamesh, hero of ancient Mesopotamian mythology. That’s just a pseudonym he and other […]

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