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    “The Golden Age of the Jews from Egypt” officially launched

    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.

    Golden Book cover

    The cover picture shows the Synagogue Shaar Hashmayim in Cairo. Click to enlarge.

    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.

     

    Zvi Skolnick

    Zvi Skolnick

    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:

    NO TALKING

    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 –

    NO TALKING!

    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
    But –

    NO TALKING!

    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 –

    NO TALKING!

     


    One Comment on ““The Golden Age of the Jews from Egypt” officially launched”

    1. Let’s spread peace and love!

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