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The first trip Emily Raboteau took abroad was to Israel. She was 23 at the time, and the second intifada was raging. But her best friend from childhood had made aliyah a few years earlier, and Raboteau wanted to visit her. As the daughter of a black father ‏(Prof. Albert Raboteau, an expert on the religious life of African Americans‏) and a white mother, who had identified as much with the Jewish culture and...