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Dear Naim:
I am writing to inquire if the Exilarch's Foundation would be interested in helping finance the editing and publication of my memoirs about my life in Iraq, Israel and the US titled 'ACROSS THREE WORLDS: In Search of a Homeland - Iraq, Israel, US'.
For background, I am attaching a brief overview I wrote about my memoirs along with a one-page prologue.
I have been working on my memoirs for the last two years. So far I have written a little over eight hundred pages (including pictures) and have about three or four more months worth of work to do before finishing the first round of writing. When the writing is completed, I will send the manuscript to a professional writer/editor to go over the manuscript before submitting it for publication.
If you feel my memoirs fall within the scope of the Exilarch's Foundation's support, please let me know. I could then proceed to gather estimates of the cost of editing and publishing the book, and would appreciate any support to help defray those costs. Esme Berg of the Sephardi Federation told me that the cost of publishing the memoirs is around $8000. I am still trying to get an estimate of the publicity and editing cost.
Be well.

J. Daniel Khazzoom
Professor of Quantitative Studies
San Jose State University
Marketing/Mts/Decision Analysis

4 Carlos Place wrote:

Thank you for your a-mail of 20 October, We are interested in learning that you are writing your memoirs.

Whilst we are not in a position to Sponsor the publication of your memoirs, we would be quite happy to buy 20 copies of the published book whenever it will be ready.
I hope this will help you find a publisher.

N E Dangoor

Thank you for your offer to purchase copies of my memoirs. I will let you know when they are published.
Thank you for all you've done, and are still doing, to preserve the heritage of the Babylonian Jewry.
Have a Shebbashalom.

J. Daniel Khazzoom


Baghdad is very much in the news recently. Despite this, very few Americans know the real Baghdad. The city is still shrouded in mystery, its attitude and outlook so different from western worldliness. I grew up steeped in Baghdad's history and saw life through Eastern eyes.
My dad was a member of the governing council in Baghdad, affording me an insider's view of governing practices and politics.
Additionally I belong to the ancient Babylonian Jewish community, the oldest Jewish community, expelled from Jude after the destruction of the First Jewish Commonwealth in 586 BCE. My memoirs give a bird's eye view of life in that community since decimated, which gave the Jewish world the Talmud, as well as many of its current practices and traditions.
My memoirs also provide an insider's view of Israeli society from the view point of a Jew from an Arab land, a view that casts the Israeli society in a different light from the one generally known in the western world.

I am now an American. My debt to America extends back to my teen years when, at the risk of my life, I visited the US Information Center in Baghdad, our only source of reliable information, to get a glimpse of what was taking place in the world outside. Having grown up under a dictatorship, I have a deep appreciation for the open and free society in the US. Iraq was a land of plenty, but not of free expression.

I never felt at home in Iraq. After I fled that country my search for a homeland took over my life. I was a Jew. Israel should have been my home. But Jews from Arab lands were less than welcome in Israel at the time.
Eventually my search took me to America, to Harvard's hallowed halls. How I got to Harvard is a story full of intricacies and actions sometimes bordering on the unethical. But attending graduate school was not only something I needed for my education; it was my vehicle out of Israel.

My story is that of a poor immigrant who made it in the hand of the Free and who discovered his true home in the USA. It is also the story of my personal struggle to reconcile new ways of looking at the world with antiquated customs and ideas. The pull of the old was strong but in the end, the new triumphed, though not without cost.
Now that I have lived in the west for more than four decades, I have the distinct advantage of understanding both the East and the West and can present a picture of Iraq and of the US captured through both Western and Eastern lenses.













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