Aleppo Tales

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Toby Press, 2004 - Fiction - 269 pages
The Jewish community of Aleppo, north-west Syria - the biblical Aram Zova - is one of the world's most ancient, the guardian of the famous Keter Torah scroll, boasting a synagogue dating back thousands of years to the Second Temple.
With this collection of three stories, Sabato interlaces the history of one family - his own - with the social and political turmoil spanning over a century. The Wheel Turns Full Circle pivots around an heirloom, a Hanukkah lamp, that has made its way into the Louvre. Broken Tablets is an elegy to the lost generation of pious scholars from the Sephardic communities who immigrated to Israel in the 1950s. Truth From the Earth Shall Spring explores the mystery of a rare manuscript whose existence has been suppressed for generations.

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Three novella-length tales chronicle a devout family whose experiences parallel recent Jewish history.In stories that are as much religious mediation (with generous quotations from the Torah, Talmud ... Read full review


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Hiam sabato, the award winning writer, recreates a lost world in which faith provides a framework for life and a deep source of comfort. A bestseller in israel among both secular and religious readers, The Dawning of the Day is a solace and a comfort for all.

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