I still savour the moment I witnessed earlier this year, which was also symbolic for the short visit of a small Jewish delegation I guided around in Iraqi Kurdistan.
It was their first visit, meant to establish what is the state
of Judaism in a region that has a rich and long Jewish heritage, but
lost most of the Jews after they left mainly in the fifties and
I was asked to show them the visible remains of 3000 years of
Jewish life in Kurdistan, and we visited amongst others the tomb of some
prophets, a synagogue that badly needs to be reconstructed and the old
hamam in the Erbil citadel that bears something that looks like the Star
It is amazing how little is left, of such a rich past. But that
is not counting the people, nor the feeling of connection that became
apparent during the two days the three Israelis spent in Kurdistan.
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