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PRAGUE

PASSPORT SERIES

4YOUR SAY… Readers’ rants, raves and views on the October issue of JR.

6 WHAT’S NEW Morocco’s groundbreaking decision to teach Jewish history; Israel’s Galilee Dreamers.

10 FEATURE Ian Black explores the significance of the Abraham Accords; Gulf communities speak of hope.

14 THE JR LONG READ Our new section kicks off with an exclusive, unpublished story by Isaac Bashevis Singer.

22 PASSPORT Prague: Shalom Auslander on Kafka; tour Prague with a local; and meet the activists, artists and writers who are bringing a new energy to this distinctive community.

38 MUSIC Israeli musician Asaf Avidan talks about how surviving a dog attack helped him to embrace fear.

40 FILM The Catholics finding their Jewish roots in Children of the Inquisition; Philippe Sands on why The Big Lebowski makes him happy.

42 THEATRE Judi Herman speaks to the lyricist Don Black about John Barry, Bond and Broadway.

44 ART When David Breuer-Weil contracted Covid 19, his lockdown diary of drawings became a lifeline.

46 BOOKS Riva Lehrer reclaims the “monstrous” words of disability; the Jewish sensibility of 2020 Nobel winner Louise Glück; Hogwarts in Yiddish; and Stanley Kubrick's salt beef cravings.

56THE YIDDISHISTS Our series that uncovers the YIVO archive. This issue: The legend of the Golem.

57 SEPHARDI RENAISSANCE Six months on from the explosion that rocked Beirut, we pay homage to the city with Leslie Hakim-Dowek's photo essay; and an interview with her late mother, Rebecca, on life in the Lebanese capital.

62 WHAT’S HAPPENING Our threemonth guide to art, books, film, music, theatre and other cultural events in the UK, Europe and Israel.

73 TRY THIS Fancy a pint and a pickle? Sadeh Farm has got it covered.

74 MEET THE READER Chris Hurwitz in Finchley, London.

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