A black comedy about the last two Jews of Kabul which made its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the summer is coming to London.
My Brother’s Keeper, by Michael J. Flexer, looks at the last few days of the Taliban’s control of Kabul when two Jews were locked in a bitter exchange with each other within the confines of the city’s synagogue.
Ishak Levin in his 70s and Zebulon Simantov in his early 40s had both traded insults with one another and both had tried to get the other one in trouble with the Taliban.
In what was once a country that had been home to as many as 40,000 Jews in the late 19th century, the Afghan Jewish community dwindled to a handful in the last few years of the 20th century to just Levin and Simantov when the Taliban were removed in 2001.
For Levin and Simantov, control of the synagogue was also about ownership of its valuable Torah as well as other fixtures said to be worth millions of dollars.
My Brother’s Keeper is on at north London’s Pleasance Islington StageSpace from 14 November to 3 December.
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