Coming home: How Israel became inscribed in my soul – Israel’s ambassador to Germany recalls his decisive moment: ‘This was a country that would demand everything of its people.‘ | Timesofisrael
My mother Ruth was born in Yaffo near Tel Aviv and my father Abrasha, in the city of Samarkand. They both grew up in the twenties and thirties in Jerusalem which at the time was under the rule of the British Mandate until 1948. They each had five brothers and sisters and both their families had lived for several generations in the city. A philanthropic and trading family on my father’s side and a Sephardi-Spanish family with strong rabbinic roots on my mother’s side.