This is the second volume of the memoirs of a Jew who grew up in Baghdad and immigrated to Israel; the first volume was entitled The Last Jews in Baghdad: Remembering a Lost Homeland.
This book is more than a recollection. By weaving a collection of essays and letters with prose and historical perspective, Rejwan uncovers and then addresses some of the deepest wounds and weaknesses of modern Israel. He takes a deep and revealing look at racism — not racism the way we in the United States understand it between blacks and whites, but the racism that exists between Jews of Arab lands and the Jews of Europe. The author pushes the envelope. He uses quotes and cites many examples to show that time after time the established echelon of Israel was exclusively European, leaving no place for a talented Jew from Baghdad.
Nissim Rejwan is a determined, persistent and talented man. Despite the odds, this outsider found his place in the promised land. The contribution he made will pave the way for others who follow.