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Dear Mandy: A Jewish woman, a Muslim woman, and an interfaith book group

In the second of these paired posts, Abda responds to Mandy‘s letter published yesterday. Dear Mandy Thank you for your insightful letter. I never imagined when we met that such a wonderful friendship would bloom, not only with you but with so many remarkable women. Nisa Nashim book club is so much more than a […]

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Dear Abda: A Jewish woman, a Muslim woman, and an interfaith book group

In these paired posts, Abda and Mandy, members of the Nisa-Nashim West Midlands Book Group, reflect on learning from reading Jewish and Muslim books, and from each other. Dear Abda, Over twenty years ago, my Jewish reading group started, reading Jewish writers – mostly fiction, poetry, and memoir. We are reading our brothers, fathers, and […]

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John le Carré’s Jews

To mark the passing of the legendary spy author, Phyllis Lassner reflects on his questioning Jewish characters. John le Carré, who died on December 12, at the age of 89, relished the ambivalences, suspicions, and deceptions that mapped his fictional spyscapes. Like his life story, in the end, they remain riddled with unanswered questions. What […]

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The Secret History of Hava Nagila

The Secret History of Hava Nagila is an animated short story that could change everything you thought you knew about Jewish history.

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Faithful, Fruitful

A short story by Tamar Hodes. The winter of 1876 was cruel, even by Lithuanian standards. Citizens and animals were numb with cold; foliage was edged in frost; the soil froze. My great-grandfather was a woodcutter in the Algirdas forest where firs stood like giants’ legs against a vanilla sky. All day, he chopped trees […]

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The Water and the Wine

Below is the preface to Tamar Hodes’ novel The Water and the Wine. The novel follows the early lives of Leonard Cohen, Marianne, and  other writers and artists who took up residence on Hydra, Greece, in the 1960s. In April 1965, my parents took my brother and me to live on the Greek island of […]

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COVID, Ducks and Balak the Crazy Dog

A dream-like state. Thousands of random flashing images gradually replaced by a piercing, high frequency sine-wave and my wife’s urgent pleas to ‘wake up! Wake up! Kirk, wake up!’ After initial confusion, I realised I had passed out in the lobby of our apartment block. I remembered exiting the lift and telling my wife I […]

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Why Isn’t Anybody Talking About…

Why isn’t anybody talking about the North London lockdown murders? You hear a lot about how domestic violence has risen by 24 per cent under lockdown, but nobody talks about the fact that in one area of London – the small, largely Jewish boroughs of Finchley, Hendon and Golders Green — the murder rate has […]

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