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I wanted to let you know that I am in receipt of your letter and the copies of "The Scribe" that you so kindly sent. As well as to send my thanks and appreciation to His Highness the Exilarch, and to you as well. I hope that this finds all of you in the best of health.

I read The Scribe with great interest, especially enjoying the descriptions of various traditions and practices, the historical anecdotes such as diary entrees from the Sasoon family and the fabulous pictures. As well, I was also greatly interested in His Highness thoughts and ideas on both current events and history. If some of his ideas were put into place, particularly concerning the situation in the Middle East, and also in the field of economics, what a different world we might live in! Unfortunately it seems that there are overwhelming (for now) forces that have great interest in seeing things continue as they are, or only changing in a manner that suits their own goals and selfish desires. May we merit to see the day that the powers to be actually begin to listen to the wisdom that is so freely offered to them; or move aside and let more noble individuals have a go at things.

I regret that I do not have a computer and thus internet access, and therefore cannot access the issues of The Scribe that are to be found there. (In the great rush forward into the information age many of us have no choice but to be left behind). But my interest in His Highness, and the Babylonian Jewish tradition remains, and I hope to learn more in the future.

With that I will close, whishing you all the very best

Malcolm Wright.


Dear Malcolm
Thank you for your recent letter and we are interested in your quest to follow the mesora of the Babylonian Jews.

As preliminary in formation you would do well to read our publication of "The Scribe" since 1971, of which we enclose a few copies. At the same time all the issues are on the internet and can be downloaded from

For your information historically the first Exilarch was the Jewish King Yehoyachin who was taken captive to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar.

If you need further information, don’t hesitate to write to His Highness the Exilarch.












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