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- DescriptionAt the beginning of World War I, the goverr of Gawar warns Shlomo, a successful Jewish merchant, against the upcoming events on the Turko-Persian border. Take your family and flee, he advises. Robbers and looters do t distinguish between Jewish and Christian blood. Jewish Almaz and Assyrian Ishtar are separated at an early age. They both struggle to survive the Armenian-Assyrian Gecide. While Ishtar loses everything including her sanity, Almaz and her family find refuge in Mosul and later settle in Urmia, a town alternately invaded and devastated by the Turks, the Kurds, and the Russians. Determined to do the very best for her children, Almaz sends her daughter to a boys' school and buys a violin for her son, but refuses adamantly to give up the age-old right of women to choose partners for their offspring. Her struggle ends in Israel, where she arrives after the rebirth of the Jewish Homeland and dies within ten months. The Nash Didan (Our People) are a Jewish Community who have lived at the foot of Mount Ararat ever since the Babylonian Exile (Sixth century before the common era). They developed their own customs and spoke Leshan Didan, a Jewish Neo-Aramaic dialect. Today this language is only spoken by a handful of octogenarians in Israel and the U.S.
- Author BiographyOra Jacobi born in Israel 1959 Since my marriage in 1983 with a scion of the Nashdidan community in Israel, I became interested in their history and customs. Realizing that nothing but their language had ever been researched or documented, and that this was the last opportunity to receive first-hand information, I recorded the memories of some fifty elderly members of this unique community, many of whom have since died. I also collected documents, hand-written books, photos and letters which are very rare.
- Author(s)Ora Jacobi
- Date of Publication17/12/2012
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectBiography: General
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight331 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Edited byHannah Yakin
- Illustrator(s)Ora Jacobi
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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