“The Golden Age of the Jews from Egypt” officially launchedPosted: 2014/09/20
Text: Solveig Hansen
“The Golden Age of the Jews from Egypt – Uprooting and Revival in Israel” was launched on September 1 at the Writer’s House in Tel Aviv. Edited by Ada Aharoni, the book tells the stories of some of the families that were forced to leave Egypt after the State of Israel was founded in 1948.
The 2,000 year old Jewish community in Egypt is almost extinct. Out of the 100,000 Jews in 1948, only 12 old ladies are left in the whole country today, as seen in the BBC report Egypt’s Jewish community’s lost future.
The book is mostly written in Hebrew, with an introduction in English. The e-book edition is available for free reading.
At the launch, Zvi Skolnick sang “No Talking,” one of Ada Aharoni’s poems, in Hebrew. She wrote this poem during the 2008-09 Gaza War. It could have been written today. Play it:
By Ada Aharoni
The politicians decided
We do not talk with the enemy
We will beat them because they attack us
We will shed their blood
and that of their leaders
But most of all –
In the meantime, in Sderot in Israel
And in the heart of Gaza
Blood flows and legs are blown away
And little eight-year-old
Twitee from Sderot
And Mohamed from Gaza
Will not play football anymore
How can we convince violent leaders
To talk and not to shoot?
I watch from the side
At the tragic hen and egg situation
And weep together with all the sorrowful
People from both sides
But still, first and foremost –