Restaging the Primal Scene of Loss

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Abstract:

Sephardim, trapped in a no‐exit situation, have been forbidden to nourish memories of at least partly belonging to the people across the river Jordan, across the mountains of Lebanon, and across the Sinai desert and the Suez Canal… In a sudden historical twist, today it is to the Muslim Arab countries of their origins to whichmost Middle Eastern Jews cannot travel, let alone fantasize a return – the ultimate taboo… This desire for ‘return of the Diaspora' is ironically underlined… [in]… a kind of reversal of the biblical expression: ‘By the waters of Zion, where we sat down, and there we wept, when we remembered Babylon.' 1

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09528820600853795

Publication date: May 1, 2006

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