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The author of these commentaries on Ecclesiastes, Rabbi Ezra Reuben Dangoor (1848-1930), had established in 1904 a Hebrew press, from which numerous works of a religious nature were issued. more

The Mufti and the Fuehrer
The Mufti is, of course, Haj Amin el-Husseini the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Fuehrer, Adolph Hitler. Between 1920 and 1948, Palestine was governed by Britain under an international mandate stipulating that that country was to become a Jewish national home. During these years , the most dominant and influential figure in Palestine was that of Haj Amin el-Husseini, an ardent Arab nationalist fiercely opposed to the creation of the Jewish state in Palestine. more

Al Em Haderech
In her book, Shoshana Levi describes in great detail the trials and tribulations of her generation, which the young generation of the Babylonian diaspora suffered before and after the aliyah to Israel. more

The Israeli-Turkish Entente
The new unprecedented degree of closeness between Israel and Turkey has become a significant feature of the contemporary international dynamics of the Middle East. Efraim Inbar’s The Israeli-Turkish Entente is the first comprehensive study that explains the timing of the entente, its present substance, and its impact on the regional environment. more

Confiscated Wealth: The Fate of Jewish Property in Arab Lands
Over the past fifty years, hundreds of thousands of Jews have emigrated from various Arab lands. In most of those countries, all that remains of a once flourishing Jewish community is a handful of indigent Jews – a pitiful remnant. Those who left all share a common memory of the loss of livelihoods, property and savings. more

The Social History of the Jews of Hong Kong
What used to be a small, distant outpost of the Diaspora has now become the hub of Jewish life in the East and South-East Asian region. It is therefore highly appropriate that an in-depth study of the social history of Hong Kong Jewry has recently begun. more

The Essential Jewish Cookbook
Whether you’re a fan of cooking, or as in my case, a big fan of eating, this book is a delight. Judy Jackson has put together a comprehensive guide to the finest foods that Sephardi and Ashkenazi cooking has to offer. more

Look Up and Dream
This book contains a series of well-told events, fascinating in content, about how the hand of the Almighty is discernible in the daily round and common task. It illustrates the truth of the phrase, "God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform". more

The Divine Drama: The Old Testament as Literature
The title of the book ‘The Divine Drama’ immediately gives away the angle at which John Dancy wishes to approach his subject. A headmaster by profession Dancy’s work is a culmination of the experience he had in trying to teach the Old Testament to ‘intelligent six formers’. more

Desperate Journey
Freddie Knoller was an ordinary Viennese schoolboy when, on the 9th November 1938, a hurried telephone call from a friend warned his family. “The Polnische Tempel is on fire!” Soon his apartment building was full of Brownshirts. more

Silas Hardoon: Business, Politics and Philanthropy in Shanghai, 1911 - 1931
Silas Aaron Hardoon, was born to a poor Jewish family in the city of Baghdad in 1851. Five years later the Hardoons left the ailing Ottoman empire and, like other Jews of the Baghdad area, searched for fortune in Bombay. more

The Talmud, The Internet – A Journey Between Worlds
In his extraordinary personal meditation on the relationship between the ancient, continuing tradition of the Talmud and the expanding world of the internet, Jonathan Rosen blends memoir, history and literary reflection. more

A History of Writing
From the earliest scratches on stone and bone to the languages of computers and the Internet, A History of Writing offers a fascinating investigation into the origin and development of the world’s writing. more

Books Received
Books received by The Scribe during the course of the year. more

Books of Interest
Hitler and the Holocaust; Flowers in the Blood. more

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