The Last Jew in Afghanistan Has No Plans to Leave

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KABUL, Afghanistan — The first question Zebulon Simentov asked his uninvited guest, eyes wide open at the prospect: “Are you Jewish?” There was a tinge of disappointment when the reply came back negative, but the last Jew standing in Afghanistan didn’t miss a beat. “Humanity is one, religion doesn’t matter,” he said. Moments later, a Muslim friend entered the room, unfurled a prayer rug in the corner and bowed toward Mecca. An open box of Manischewitz motsas sat next to an empty bottle of booze on a table nearby. Locals refer to Simentov, 47, simply as “the Jew.” Originally from […]

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