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The Rabbi and the Hare with the Amber Eyes

    Edmund de Waal’s best-selling family memoir The Hare with the Amber Eyes has proved an inspiration to ex-Leo Baeck College principal Rabbi Jonathan Magonet in more ways than one.

    After he retired, Rabbi Magonet decided to learn a new language and chose Japanese, which led him to go to Japan to teach theology at a university for three terms.

    De Waal’s bestseller takes its name from one of the collection of Japanese miniature figures — netsuke — which he inherited from his family.

    When he read the book, Rabbi Magonet started collecting the miniature figurines himself. And now he has brought out a collection of short stories, Netsuke Nation: Tales from Another Japan, which is available as an ebook.

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