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‘The Pomegranate Pendant,’ a Historical Novel by Dvora Waysman

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The pomegranate pendant of the title was fashioned in gold as a wedding gift for Mazal, a 14-year-old Yemenite girl who is the narrator of the book. The events she recounts begin in the capital of Yemen, Sana’a, in the modest home where she lives with her parents and siblings. Her father, a skilled artisan who fashions the intricate filigree jewelry that is produced by many of Yemen’s Jews, informs his daughter that his apprentice, Ezra, has asked for her hand in marriage, and that he, her father, had given his approval. The pendant was made by Ezra, as a gift for his bride.

Maz’Theal is prepared to follow the custom of the Jews of Yemen and marry while........

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