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Barbara Sofer

Award-winning writer and lecturer Barbara Sofer grew up in a small town in Connecticut, and moved to Israel in 1971. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her articles -taking on a wide range of subjects from ethnic cooking to terrorism--have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Parents, Readers' Digest, Woman's Day, Hadassah Magazine and Inside Magazine among many others. She writes a bi-weekly column for the Friday Jerusalem Post.

Barbara has written five books and contributed to several others


Jerusalem Post

The Human Spirit: Jerusalem seen through the board  

By Barbara Sofer

With winter weather keeping us indoors, I've been playing Jerusalem Monopoly. The newest version of the veteran game came out before Hanukka, and I bought half a dozen sets. The purchase felt right, conveying a holiday message to family and friends at a time when our historical roots to our homeland are being challenged. A little heavy-handed, perhaps, but in the end, just a game.

Like many American-born youngsters, I grew up playing Monopoly. Long negotiations over property exchanges occupied us Connecticut cousins on the wall-to-wall carpet, while our parents, aunts and uncles discussed real life around the dining-room table.

Monopoly is based on the Landlord's Game, patented in 1903 by Elizabeth J. Magie of Macomb, Illinois. Magie was a short-story and poetry writer, a comedian, stage actress, feminist, engineer and newspaper reporter. To win in the original game, you need to bankrupt your opponents. A less aggressive, modern version has been developed in which you have only to complete a passport.

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