Where God Was Born

Near the end of Where God Was Born, Bruce Feiler and his wife, Linda, are sitting in an obliterated Jewish cemetery in Hamadan, Iran, reading to each other from the book of Esther. As Linda makes observations about the Hebrew Bible’s insights into the abusive nature of power, the conversation begins to drift to a discussion of current Israeli policies toward West Bank Palestinians. The two Americans suddenly catch themselves and steer the conversation back to the safer ground of ancient politics. In a book that boldly explores connections between past and present, some connections appear to be off limits.


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