I thought you might be interested to have
copies of some photographs I shot myself, in Shorja Baghdad,
where you used to live in the past as I heard... The old
houses, scrolls, and a Synagogue, or The Shrine of Shaikh
Ishaac ...and some other shops... It's a kind of appreciation
for you, to give back the favor of the great old songs of
Shbahouth you sent me.
I love the old days ...and I believe that the Iraqi Jews
had represented the good hand to Iraq, great people and
great names who serve Iraq as great Iraqi citizens. We all
felt sorry for the mistreatment of the people who only deserve
honor & respect!
I found the reality in Meer Basry's book, and Rizk Alia's
book. Great names like your grandfather Hakham Ezra Reuben
Dangoor, Yheskel Sason, Shafek Ads, Khdhoory and all the
good men, Musicians, Doctors, Law men, and the Merchants
who gave a blessed soul to Iraq...God bless them all. When
I was taking these photos I was accompanied by some people
from the neighborhood. Whenever we got to a place, they
read AL-FATEHA loudly to the owners of the house or the
shop and I can read the sorrow in their faces, whenever
we get closer to another place.
I found the telephon number of Mr. Yeheskel Koiman in your
website, I didn't hesitate to phone him for the sickness
of our dear friend Suhaib Ibn Hajjy Hashim EI- Rejab (a
Joza Player), he's my close friend. We couldn't connect
to him for the people he lived with are Italians, they can't
speak English or Arabic, so with some words of Italian I
know and some words of English they know, I got them. Mr.
Koiman had helped us a lot for that and we all appreciate
I also informed him that I'll send him these photos...
I'll send it to my dear Sara Menasseh and my dear Eli Sawdayee
Thank you all.
Al Atwai Jamal
the historic Shorja Bazzar, which was the
main shopping market of Baghdad, in which most of the above
pictures were taken, was recently completely destroyed by
a mysterious fire.
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