Jewish Values: Through the Flames of Aleppo

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103 p.
The State of Israel has just been established and the Jews of Syria face the wrath of their Arab neighbors. Ezra and his family live in Aleppo, where many of the pogroms took place. After being attacked and beaten on the way home from school, the eleven year old boy is required by his father to go out into the city again, this time to escort the midwife to his pregnant mother while his father guards their home. A pedestrian writing style robs the story of some of its intrinsic suspense but fact and fiction are well-integrated and the Hebrew and Arabic words that are used are defined in footnotes. Arabs are described in very unflattering terms by Ezra's father and uncle but ultimately, it is an Arab neighbor who saves Ezra's home from being torched.
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