Of all the synagogues in all the towns in all the world, Lens chose to highlight this one. Here's looking at the Festival of the Tabernacles, as celebrated in the only Arab country to have a Jewish museum and two Jewish schools. Only 5,000 Jews live in Morocco, down from about 270,000 at the end of the 1940s. But a robust crowd, and not just the usual suspects, turned out in Casablanca to celebrate the festival last week. No doubt, next year they'll be ready to play it again.
Could Moroccoís new monarch, King Mohammed VI, have gotten any sweeter coverage from his own state-controlled media as he did from American media on his recent trip to the States?Timeís (June 26) headline crowned him ìThe King of Cool.î After all, heís ìhip. Charming. Mod. Mohammed VI is the Beatles of Arabian royalty.î The Beatles! Heís the Hip One; Bashar Assad is the Quiet One; Jordanís Abdullah is the Cute One, and Arafat still looks like Ringo.