I love reading stories of Jewish communities in places I’ve never heard of. At camp three summers ago, I was totally blow away by Noam Katz’s story of his trip to visit the Abayudaya—Ugandan Jews. Today, I was pointed to this news story of the last Jews of Azerbaijan.
What blows me away about the story is the paradox at work. On the one hand, galut (exile), is mostly over for the Jewish people. Though there may still be economic barriers, there are few political barriers left keeping Jews from going to Israel. And yet, the sadness in the communities where people are leaving is intense.