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A History of the Jews in Baghdad

David Solomon Sassoon

A History of the Jews in Baghdad

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Published by AMS Press .
Written in English


The Physical Object
Number of Pages236
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL7474488M
ISBN 100404164277
ISBN 109780404164270

Commission on International Religious Freedom. My bubble burst. It became very frightening for a year or more. The teaching of Jewish history and Hebrew in Jewish schools was banned.

There was a Jewish presence in Bahrain for many centuries, now mostly the descendants of immigrants who entered the country in the early s from Iraq, Iran and India, numbered families in Afterward these restrictions were relaxed, but were again imposed by Al-Mutawakkilwho went so far as to convert the synagogues into mosques. Today, after a year interlude, the Green Zone is open to Baghdadis again. It gained some victories but it was eventually defeated during the Six-Day war when it attacked Israel again. The general verdict was that it was a triumph. Central heating was yet to be known; drinking water was unhealthy and electricity was intermittently cut off.

White spoke from England several days after giving testimony in Washington before the U. A young Lebanese Jew named Joseph Azarwho took it upon himself to advance the Zionist cause with other individuals in Octobersaid in a report for the Jewish Agency that: "Before the disturbance of August the Jews Henry A. New Babylonians chronicles the lives of these Jews, their urban Arab culture, and their hopes for a democratic nation-state.


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A History of the Jews in Baghdad book

The first contingent arrived in the region after BC, following the defeat of the Kingdom of Israel North by the Assyrians. Over the next few decades, most left for other countries, especially Englandsome 36 families remain as of with the total of over then members. This is where the sage Hillel first established the authority of the Michna, the oral law and here were born the famous academies of Nehardea, Sura and Pumbedita.

Then, equipped with rolling pins, they gathered around a large upright wood-burning clay oven ready to bake the unleavened dough to a crunchy, thin Matzah. Her book is honest, well-balanced and well-documented, and she approaches her subject with an open, sympathetic mind. The end of the Persian Empire threatened the situation.

The women and young children were at that time engaged in manufacturing what is called the "agabani," a garment made of European stuffs embroidered with India silk.

Soon after their defeat, the Ottomans threw the blame on the Jews and accused them of shirking from their duty in the war effort.

The immigrant Iraqis lived in tents outside Tel Aviv, some for many years and with that gloomy prospect, there were 7, who had the contacts and money enough to feel confident in Baghdad and they stayed on to enjoy the boom years of the fifties. At the creation of Israel inZionism became a capital crime to Iraqi law.

The flourishing Jewish community in Baghdad also produced one version of Judaism's second-holiest book, the Talmud, in about A. They murdered men, raped women and girls and then slit their throats. According to Pethahiah, however, "At Baghdad there are three synagogues, besides that built by Daniel on the spot on which the angel stood on the brink of the river.

InAbu-Kariba's son or relative Zoran Yusuf Dhu-Nuwas, took over the kingdom, and, in revenge it is said for the persecution of Jews in Byzantium, instituted taxes on the Christian population and especially harshly treated Byzantine merchants. After hundreds of years as institutionalised second-class subjects, the Jews started to play an important role in running the country.

Broadly speaking, they tended to support Lebanese nationalism and felt an affinity toward France. White spoke from England several days after giving testimony in Washington before the U.

They had established associations which collected money for sic Keren Kayemeth and sic Keren Heyesod. Some of its members, without identifying themselves as Jews, have attempted to leave individually, but have been turned down. It was time for me to get out of Baghdad. Every male Hebrew of the community paid a tax which varied between 15 and piasters per year.

The Nazis did not invent Ghettos, the Jews did, always felt more secured when they clamped into a Jewish quarter in a city, whether in the old part of Jerusalem, Tehran, Baghdad or Berlin.

History of the Jews in Lebanon

According to testimony gathered by journalist Philippe Broussard for the newspaper Le Monde 8 Mayhis regime removed most of the discriminatory anti-Jewish laws. In fact, the community was financially independent and did not rely on European Jewish philanthropy.

Benjamin was in Baghdad inand tells us that the Jews at that time numbered 3, families and were living in happy circumstances. They allied themselves with Pierre Gemayel 's Phalangist Party a right wingMaronite group modelled after similar movements in Italy and Germany, and Franco's Phalangist movement in Spain.

Saudi soldiers accompanied them to the Yemeni border. My bubble burst.

The Last Jews of Baghdad

According to the Hebrew Biblethe territory of the Israelite tribes of Asher and Naphtali extended into present-day Lebanon as far as Sidon in the north. Iraqi Jews constitute one of the world's oldest and most historically-significant Jewish communities.

The indifference was mutual. Despite protestations of their loyalty to Iraq, Iraqi Jews were increasingly subject to discrimination and harsh laws.The best books on Jewish History recommended by Gershon Hundert.

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Inapproximately 35 Jews were living in Baghdad, but bythe once-thriving community of Jews living in the Iraqi capital has dwindled to below 10, not enough to hold a minyan (the requesite 10 men needed for most religious rituals), and a handful more in the Kurdish-controlled northern parts of Iraq.

10 The community still lives in. Nov 15,  · The book deals with the history of the Jews in Baghdad, from the first mention of the place in the Talmud until recent times, and contains additional chapters on customs and usages, superstitions and proverbs, and also chapters on the settlement of Bagdad Jews in Cited by: It began as an animated movie; now it's a atlasbowling.com Wolf of Baghdad is a collection of cartoons illustrating the story of Carol Isaacs' family and community - the Jews of Iraq.

Jennifer Lipman interviews Carol in the Jewish Chronicle (with thanks: Sami). The city of Baghdad was finally trashed by the Mongols in CE., effectively ending the era of the atlasbowling.com Tigris and Euphrates Rivers reportedly ran red with the blood of thousands of scholars (a reportedof Baghdad's million residents were massacred).

The book is recommended for academic libraries with collections on Middle Eastern, Jewish and minorities' studies." —Rachel Simon, Association of Jewish Libraries "Bashkin recounts the last chapter in the history of the oldest Jewish Diaspora community in the Arab world, in Baghdad Recommended." —M.

Gershovich, CHOICE.