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One Family, Four Cultures, and Four Continents

Elkayam, Asher

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ISBN 10: 1441528180 / ISBN 13: 9781441528186
Editorial: Xlibris Corp, 2009
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285pp. Illustrated. Inscribed and signed by the author on the front (half title) page and below the inscription there is former owner's name/info that is marked over with a black marker Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. N° de ref. de la librería 1119751-02

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Título: One Family, Four Cultures, and Four ...

Editorial: Xlibris Corp

Año de publicación: 2009

Encuadernación: Soft Cover

Condición del libro:Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: No Jacket

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author

Edición: 1st Edition

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"This fascinating book, One Family, Four Cultures, Four Continents, by Asher Elkayam, depicts the adventures of a child growing up in Morocco and goes through political and historical events which happened in his childhood and focused on a pivotal year: 1956.
Mr. Elkayam writes about the beauty of childhood and the innocence thereof, the neighborhood, the nature, the education, the typical things, which happened then but could never be repeated.
In an emotional way, he describes the influence of his parents, who were among the guardians of Jewish tradition. Asher describes the survival of a small minority of North African Jewry. Having been originally targeted by the Nazi regime which expanded its grip to North Africa during the 1940’s, including French Morocco, that minority of Jews of North Africa was saved by the arrival of the American forces, during World War Two, who landed in Casablanca, the author’s city of birth.
The North African Jewry, which totaled nearly 400,000 was thus saved from the Nazi threat but it remained to witness the rest of the Nazi atrocities throughout the rest of Europe until 1945.
It seemed on the other hand that that the Jewish minority in North Africa, had nothing to show for but its faith and its determination to realize the dream of seeing the Holy Land after 2000 years of exile.
On another note, with fervor and enthusiasm, Asher describes the friendship, which local Jews developed with the Muslim population in Morocco and other parts of North Africa.
Asher wants to make sure his readers understand that there is a divide between friendship and politics. The overwhelming majority of his neighbors were friendly and unthreatening. However those in the small minority who became active in politics were behind the forces which eventually caused Asher’s family and thousands more to look for a safe exit from his native land.
Whether the events which led to a massive exodus from North Africa represented a coincidental circumstance in current events or whether they were caused by some divine intervention would remain for a long time a thing historians could decide on one day.

About the Author:

Asher Elkayam was born in Morocco where he spent his childhood and where he studied Arabic, Hebrew and French. When he moved to Israel, he was exposed to Middle Eastern and Hebrew cultures. Asher has been most fascinated with Monotheism and how it originated and spread to become the heritage of Jews, Christians, and Moslems. The striking similarities between Judeo-Christian religions and Islam became the object of a life-long project. After he studied Arabic and Hebrew studies in morocco and Israel, Asher traveled to France to study Political Science and international relations in Paris and Strasbourg (Institut d'Etudes Politiques). Mr. Elkayam has previously authored a book on the bible (The Bible, The Power of the Word) and is in process of publishing a new book (One Family, Four Cultures, Four Continents) about his childhood in Morocco and in Israel. Having lived among Moslem and Arab neighbors most of his adult life he became interested in the Islamic way of life and began concentrating on the positive nature of Islam. Asher speaks fluently the Moroccan Arabic dialect. He is also fluent in the French and the Hebrew languages. In the U.S.A., Mr. Elkayam has studied and obtained diplomas in secondary education and Audioprosthology (separately). He taught Hebrew and French and he has been an active member of a conservative Hebrew congregation for nearly 35 years. Mr. Elkayam believes wholeheartedly in a constructive dialogue and friendly coexistence and interaction between Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.

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