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My Grandmother?s Paper Bag

by Richard L. Rubenstein (August 2009)


Delivered to the New English Review Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee on May 30th, 2009.



In August 1999, I participated in an international Conference of Jewish and Muslim Scholars held in the city of Cordoba, Spain. [1] That was before Bill Clinton’s failed attempt at the end of his presidency to get Yasser Arafat to sign “the best peace deal he was ever going to get,” the Second Intifada, and 9/11.[2] The atmosphere was relaxed and those who were willing to dialogue were more relaxed than they were likely to be thereafter. more>>>