The Sarajevo Haggadah

How did a book written in Hebrew, covered in gold and silver leaf, illustrated with pigments made from lapis lazuli, azurite, and malachite, and believed to originate in 14th century Spain, wind up in Sarajevo? This is just one of many mysteries of the Sarajevo Haggadah, a work whose very existence challenged scholars to reevaluate their belief that Jews forbid illustrations in sacred texts.

Sarajevo-Image-v3It’s estimated that the codex was created in the mid-14th century during the convivencia period in Spain, when Jews, Muslims, and Christians all coexisted. From there, the Haggadah somehow found its way to Venice, likely following Ferdinand and Isabella’s expulsion of all Spanish Jews. Although Jews still had to wear an identifying cap and could only live in Venice’s ghetto, they still had rights to property and legal protection— rights hard to find elsewhere in Europe. Yet it’s puzzling to conceive how the Catholic Priest Giovanni Domenico Vistorini saw fit to inscribe “revisto per mi”—surveyed by me, words of approval—underneath the final lines of Hebrew text.  While most books written in Hebrew were destroyed by the Inquisition, amazingly, this remarkable Haggadah survived.

From Venice, the Haggadah’s whereabouts are unknown until 1894. At that time, a Jewish family named Kohen sold it to the Museum in Sarajevo. Sent to Vienna (the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s capital) for assessment and preservation, it was immediately recognized as a great work of art. Unfortunately, its greatness was somewhat diminished by the work of an incompetent conservator, who ruined the rebinding and accidentally cropped the parchments—discarding whatever ornate bindings it once had.

Back in Sarajevo, the Haggadah’s modern-day tale of survival continued as it was twice saved by Muslims. First, during World War II, the Bosnian National Museum’s chief librarian and Islamic scholar, Dervis Korkut, risked his life to ensure the book’s safety in 1942. When Korkut got word that General Johann Fortner, a Nazi commander, was visiting the museum’s director—presumably to take the famous Haggadah—he and the director quickly took action. After stuffing the codex underneath his shirt and tucking it into his belt, Korkut acted as translator for the General and museum director. When Fortner asked for the Haggadah, the director pretended to be confused telling the commander that one of his officers had already been to the museum and asked for it, which he had of course handed over immediately. When the angered commander asked for the officer’s name, the swift reply was brilliant: “Sir, I did not think it was my place to require a name.”

The Haggadah spent the remaining war years in a mountain village, where Korkut’s friend was the Imam of a small mosque. After the war, it returned to the museum. But in 1992, the building got caught in the damage of the Serb forces (they later burned the city’s library to the ground). Once again, the museum’s Muslim librarian, Enver Imamovic, secretly stowed the book away in a bank vault for safe keeping during the war.

Geraldine Brooks brings this rich, fascinating, and mysterious history to life in her fictionalized account of the Sarajevo Haggadah, The People of the Book which was a New York Times bestseller. Through the book, Merima Ključo has found musical inspiration to interpret the  Haggadah’s incredible story.

About Geraldine Brooks, author of The People of the Book

Australian-born writer Geraldine Brooks’ journalism background laid the foundation for her novel The People of the Book. After she finished Columbia University’s journalism master’s program, she set about covering crises in the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans for the Wall Street Journal. While reporting from Sarajevo she heard about the 14th century Haggadah and was intrigued. But, given the circumstances, she only thought to follow up and learn more years later. After writing her 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel March (told from the perspective of the father from Little Women, as he serves as a chaplain in the Civil War), Brooks spent that same year as a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. During this time, she researched much the material for the various stories within People of the Book (such as scientific background and understanding for the fictitious clues in the Haggadah).

Brooks’ novel Caleb’s Crossing was a New York Times best seller. Her other novels, including Year of Wonders and People of the Book, are international bestsellers, and have been translated into more than 25 languages. She currently lives with her family on Martha’s Vineyard.

About Merima Ključo, composer and performer, The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book 

Born in Bosnia and currently based in Los Angeles, concert accordionist Merima Ključo performs internationally both as a soloist and with symphonies. In addition, she composes and arranges for concerts, theater, opera, and film. Ključo seeks to share her love of music, particularly the music of Bosnia, with audiences around the world. Long fascinated by the wondrous and complex history of the Sarajevo haggadah, Ključo was inspired to create what would become the musical and visual The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book when she realized that it reflected her own life and “exodus.”  Ključo notes, “I was forced to leave my own country under the strangest and heaviest circumstances and find a new country.” In her new work receiving its debut tour this spring, the Sarajevo Haggadah also seeks a new home in new countries over the centuries.

Moo Shu Jew Show 2015

December 24, 2015

Hei La Moon 88 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111, USA

@ 6:00 PM – $80 Adults / $45 Young Adults (Under 40)

Back for a fifth year by popular demand, this Meshugganah show was created for Jews to enjoy on Christmas Eve – where else, but in a Chinese restaurant? Join us for an evening of Jewish inspired stand-up comedy along with dinner (no shellfish, no pork!).

The creator of FinTech Limited is Daniel Roberts. Daniel Roberts has a lot of experience in business data analysis. The analysis has been performed on upscale investment firms.After creating this software, it went through an Alpha testing phase which was performed by employees of his own team and took a couple of years for the software to be fully operational. After going through all this it is now available for common people so that it can go for the beta testing.

This binary options robot used for trading has a lot of different trading tools strategies. Mr. Roberts has worked on this robot in such a way that it provides not only variety of characteristics which will help the investor in trading smoothly and uncomplicated as well as make a profitable trade.

In order to start using this software, the user must sign up and register. Once you are registered you will be assigned with a broker who is authentic, reputable and regulated who will then help you open an account by placing an initial deposit of $250. The software offers a lot of special features. The FinTech profit robot can evaluate a lot of data which helps it to make an accurate interpretation.

It has an algorithm designed in a unique fashion which generates signals which are highly reliable and gathers all the information which are up to date. The information is gathered from different financial markets and recent economic and political news. Like any other binary options robot, it also offers both manual as well as automated trading mode. By giving this feature, it allows the investors to expand control over the investment process as a whole.  click for info.

Similar to other trading robots, the team which has created FinTech Limited gives users free access to use the software, but one other advantage it gives is, even before you place a deposit, you can find out what the system will offer you. This software gives a lot of profitable trades because it makes use of binary broker platforms that are very genuine.

Appetizers: Teriyaki Beef – Vegetable Spring Rolls – Scallion Pancakes – Vegetable Hot and Sour Soup
Main Dishes: Orange Beef – Kung Pau Chicken – Tofu with Mixed Vegetables – Vegetable Lo Mein
Drinks: Diet Coke served on table – Cash Bar available


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 New Center LIVE! Lexington: Call of Duty with Joe Klein



November 16, 2015

The biggest benefit that has ever happened to the humankind is the technology, which has improved the lives of the humans in every possible way! Right from eliminating the drudgery to improving the quality of life, the technology has done so many when utilized the right way! Whichever sector repainted by the technology has only flourished more significantly because the benefits are irresistible both for the givers and the takers of the respective fields. One such important field, which is being reshaped more attractively is the Finance field, where lot many automated systems have absolutely altered the underlying complexity of the system, making it a perceivable practice by anyone and everyone. Especially, the trading subdivision of the huge financial sector, which is always thronged by the eager traders has now become more bustling with the introduction of the friendly and flawless trading bots like Q Profit System, that has made the trading ways uncomplicated and more profitable for anyone interested.


This particular system which is dedicated to the popular Forex trading practice has seriously gained the attain of the community within a short duration of time due to its unique bundle of benefits that can be never said enough. This automated forex trading system is, first of all, opened to who’s who of the trading community without caring about their trading knowledge, expertise, experience, and whatnot. You just need to have the eagerness to earn more money and the rest all, the market predictions, the best time to make the forex trading moves and so on are taken care by the system all the times, only to offer you the best profitable outcomes, unfailingly!

In his new book, Charlie Mike, celebrated journalist and author Joe Klein illuminates a little known side of the aftermath of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, a story of compassion, resilience, and service. Wounded in Iraq, Eric Greitens, a Jewish Navy SEAL and Rhodes Scholar, returns home and discovers a new band of comrades—veterans determined to continue serving their communities, their country, and the world, despite their injuries. Greitens creates The Mission Continues, an organization that supports and inspires wounded soldiers to do public service work. Klein talks about Greitens’ story, as well as that of one of The Mission Continues first fellows, Marine sergeant Jake Wood, and the courageous ways that wounded veterans are redefining service. Joe Klein is the bestselling author of Primary Colors and a columnist for Time magazine.


New Center OnStage: Now is Our Time



October 19, 2015

Arsenal Center for the Arts 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472, USA

$36 @ 7:30 PM

Boston’s own beloved and celebrated Annette Miller presents Now Is Our Time: The Pleasures and Perils of our Third Chapter. A new theater piece, Annette created it while a Resident Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center.  By turns poignant, joyous, and resolute, this theatrical collage explores the mix of experiences and reflections of “women of a certain age.”

The popularity of the Bitcoins is growing day by day, urging everyone to consider the feasibility of owning and growing them as much as possible. Obviously, the trading is the best way to grow your cryptocurrency investments that too when you have powerful means like this to achieve it effortlessly and perfectly. But, as with any popular entity, especially if it is a newer one, the suspicions and speculations are the more paving way to lot many myths, which are doing nothing other than to dwindle the forthcoming benefits of the pursuers. Baseless myths like the ones mentioned below about the Bitcoins are never to be considered if enjoying a brighter financial future is your expectation.

  • The Bitcoin has no backing

The popular myth prevailing about the Bitcoins is this, which, is there is no solid backing for them. To anybody saying so is only unaware that the Bitcoins have started gaining the backing, the first and foremost in the name of the Wall Street’s listing and secondly, in the name of the authentic online payment mode as accepted by the popular retailers like the Overstock and Newegg. Inc. Not only that, Japan has passed a law to consider the Bitcoin mode of payment as an authentic one, which only shows it’s backing is increasing day-by-day!


  • Bitcoin is volatile

It is volatile and so are the prices of the other currencies and the commodities, especially the petrol but does that stop anyone from trading or investing in them? Having said that the Bitcoins, being the newest entry to the world of finance, the volatility is only expected, which is slowly reaching an acceptable level due to its increasing popularity and the demand all over the world.


Annette Miller’s theater credits are legion: She created the role of Golda Meir in the pre-Broadway production of Golda’s Balcony, and has given life to the roles of Maria Callas in Master Class, Martha Mitchell in Martha Mitchell Calling, and Vi in August Osage County. The winner of numerous awards for her performances, Annette’s capacity to have an audience empathize with the challenges faced by women and men in their “third chapter” reaches new heights with her composition of this original work.

Official license to brit method which is short process

Automated forex software for trading has become popular in recent years. In many software’s that are available in market the most successful among them is brit method which was developed by Jason Taylor who was not a techie genius and has no academic excellence, no math skills has developed a successful forex software with help of his friends who are having good technical and math skills that are required to develop a software. The forex software that was developed by these young people has gained huge recognition in no time as it is reliable, easy to use and trusted by many users.

Usage of this application is very easy it has 2 modes one is manual which is mostly used by experienced traders and the other one is an automated system or auto-pilot mode which is mostly used by novices and some experienced traders. This application also has a feature to control risk by setting some limits like a number of trades to be performed and the maximum amount that can be invested in each trade while investing in an asset. The traders can also perform reverse trading by going against signals that are given by system if they are not confident enough about the software. The success rate of the automated system is more compared to the manual trading system, the rate of success of this trading application is between 80% and 87% which is more compared to other forex robots in the market.

This brit method is reliable and has authentic brokers only hence there is no need to worry about trader investments and profits gained after investment. All the user testimonials were positive about this application they stated that software is highly advanced, reliable, trustworthy and no technical issue while using this app. they also mentioned that there is no delay made in payouts and they can be deposited or withdrawal using various methods which are convenient and available to customers.

The first step you need to do for getting profits is by getting official license to brit method which is short process, you need to sign-up by providing basic info like name, e-mail address and phone number and the traders will complete their process of sign-up by clicking on a link that is provided by associates that are working for brit software system. Then the trader can make the initial deposit of 250 pounds and make profits by investing the amount of an asset.

Operating Automated Forex Trading System

Forex auto trading is an idiom used for automated trading on the foreign exchange market. Based on trading strategies implemented when the programs run by the computer system, the trades are executed by the computer system. This is typically a program trading strategy which consists of a set of criteria. You can get more information here

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Using Automated Forex Trading

Instead of placing trades by hand using an automated forex trading system has its own advantages as well as disadvantages.

One of the biggest advantages of forex trading system is that it takes the emotion out of the process. Taking out the emotion out of the process means that since the robot takes the decision, behavioural finance biases that negatively impact the investment decision making will be reduced. Seeing how they perform based on the previous status, traders can perform back test on the trading system. Before using real capital and trading, this will help in tuning their strategies. As we are well aware there is no necessity for traders to be there to generate profits from these systems.

The drawback about these forex trading robots is that creating a forex trading system which is automated and gives successful result is a difficult task to achieve. Past performance cannot give a guarantee of future results, therefore, back testing may show positive results but we cannot depend on past results. A lot of trading systems are over-optimized and forced to fit the past results. While buying off the self-automated forex trading systems the traders must be cautious since they may be curve fit to past results. And also, these systems offer very fewer benefits and features for the future.

Operating Automated Forex Trading System

To get started in the world of mathematical finance, automated Forex trading systems are the best way. You can create a demo account on the applications like Meta Trader which allow you to do so for free of cost. By creating a demo account you will be able to practice building systems which are a very valuable way since this will take you one step closer to creating a   successful robot system. By using paper for trading you can do back testing and apply the concepts.

Programmatically implementing techniques that you have already used in live trading is the best place to start. There are other platforms and scripting languages like Trade Station’s Easy Language or programming languages like Python and R.

To limit downside in case an unexpected price action occurs the trader should be able to build a system which can manage money and risk tolerance strategies such as whipsaws.

Traders to control the performance of trades

Jason Taylor is a young and enthusiastic creator of automated forex software which has become most popular and it is called as the Brit Method trading system.The creator Jason has a humble biography with no higher education, no awards, not an expert in math or technology but with help of his friends who are having good knowledge in computer and math which lead to the formation of this successful software.

The automated forex software is simple and user-friendly and customers are so satisfied with this one. They have reliable brokers who are trustworthy and authentic; they do not make any false promises. The profits made per day by a person are around 1000-2500 pounds which is a high profit.

Joining brit method is easy as the process is short and confined to 3 steps:

  • In order to sign-up the trader need to provide basic information about him/her, basic information includes name, e-mail address and telephone number which are required for verification of the trader to start with them.
  • After verification, the trader will receive an external link to his inbox from the team of brit method which on clicking redirects trader into their application to complete the process. Once the process is done the settings are made by traders to control the performance of trades.
  • The final step of the process is to make an initial deposit of £250, this is not any payment but initial capital amount to start trade by investing them on an asset and make profits out of it.

This is the complete process in 3 steps which is very easy and you’re first stepping stone towards your profits in trading. Once the process is done the user will get connected to an authentic, reliable and licensed broker. If the trader wants to operate it manually he is free to do it, but there is a hassle-free option for novices which is auto-pilot mode in which the robot scans and analyze all the changes, alterations and modifications that are going on in market, gives the results on which a trader can decide to place a trade. As it is software it does not make any emotional decisions unlike human traders hence the rate of success is more in the automated system compared to traders who operate manually.  The rate of success of trades performed daily is about 87% using this software. They are very supportive of their customer service to all traders trading with them.


Auto-pilot works on your behalf

There has been a lot of news about binary trading options. We hear many brand names and founders who have created the software for the smooth and accurate trading. But, as a layman, is it possible to believe every word of theirs?

What if anything is wrong? How can you find out which one is genuine? Sometimes even the so-called founders are actually paid actors who try to lure you with great returns and benefits. The whole background idea is to lure your money under the name of trading.

While there are so many of them, whois legit and whois fake? Well, it’s really a big challenge, and we have done it for you. Under the binary trading options name, you can see a huge list of names appearing that claims to be genuine. All of them have the similar features, but not the same kind of strategy.

The best ones differ in their algorithm type and the speed that it catches an opportunity to generate income. There are 2 types of the binary trading option, one that uses purely algorithms, which are system generated and fed. There is another one, which works with the manual support of generating calls and needs someone’s assistance. With human intervention, there is definitely a slight possibility of errors to appear.

So, find out the ones that have the only system generated calls. It enables you to be free from worries of buying and selling, waiting for the right moment and all that. These online robots take up the preferences and information from you and store it up and do the trading based on them. So, you need to set them once for all, or can change from time to time.

Click here now to find out which is the best platform to do your binary trading. We have analyzed and found out that the newcomer Snapcash has been doing great in terms of binary trading. They are genuine and have been giving and keeping up the promises that they claim.

It’s very simple to operate them as well, get registered, make the initial deposit and watch the auto-pilot work on your behalf, and get returns. So simple! The algorithm used in the software is one of its kinds, created by experienced professionals, making it the best in the market.

The calculations are made with the auto-pilot being activated with just one simple click. They are made at the speed of a lightning, allowing you to make use of the opportunity very well, and not missing out on them.

Upside And Downside Of Binary Options Trading

When we do binary options trading we need to have a viewpoint from which you can see that there is an upside for this trading type of instrument. In trading, the market might move in our favor or against our favor which is not in our hand but by using this instrument you will know the risk and rewards you will get in your way. What you know is you will either win a fixed amount or lose a fixed amount. Depending on the brokers you choose, sometimes you need to pay the fees or Commission. But Generally, there is no fees or Commission that needs to be paid with these trading instruments. The traders have only one decision that they need to make which is a very simple option that is whether the underlying asset is going up or down.

A market such as country’s stock market or a city’s real estate market allows assets to be bought or sold at a fixed stable price is not of any concern here because the underlying assets are owned by the traders. This allows the brokers to provide traders with innumerable expiration time or date price. By providing such a wide variety of options, the traders will choose which options best suits them.

There are a bunch or securities which have similar characteristics which behave in the same manner in the marketplace and also have rules and laws that are similar and these are known as asset classes.  There are three types of asset classes, fixed income or bonds; equities or stocks; and cash equivalents or money market instruments.The last benefit the trader gets by using this instrument is that they can choose multiple asset classes. They can do so in global markets generally at any time market opens somewhere in the world.

Even though you know the rewards and risks in high low in binary options, another thing you must know is the drawback about this, that is, the reward you get is always less than the risk.  Because of this to cover the losses, the trader must be right for more percentage of the time. The payouts and risks will differ from broker to broker and instruments to an instrument which you can check it out here, but if a trader loses trade it will cost them more than they will make by winning the trade. This is one thing that is constant in this type trading.

Event Details

Arsenal Center for the Arts 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472, USA

$45 / $28 @ 7:30 PM

This concert celebrates Israel’s 67th Independence Day in song. Some joyful, some poignant, some iconic, and some not as well known, these songs reflect the complexity of Israel’s soul.  Featuring young talented Israeli musicians studying in Boston, the concert is organized and narrated by Matti Kovler, a highly accomplished composer-performer. Matti’s work has been commissioned by Tanglewood and Carnegie Hall.  In 2013 he was recognized by the Boston Foundation with the Brother Thomas Fellowship.  Like his other collaborations with the New Center, this concert grows out of Matti’s commitment to establishing the bridges connecting Israeli artists studying in the U.S. to the local Jewish community.