Lost in Translation: A North American Rabbi in Tokyo

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Lost in Translation: A North American Rabbi in Tokyo
Living in Japan is very different than living in the Arctic North - Edmonton. Everything from the language to the culture is new and exciting. Experience the life and culture in Japan with a Jewish twist.
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