Part of the jewish encounter seriesIsrael’s current president gives us a dramatic and revelatory biography of Israel’s founding father and first prime minister. Shimon peres was in his early twenties when he first met David Ben-Gurion. He granted the orthodox their first exemptions from military service despite his own deep secular commitments, and he reached out to Germany in the aftermath of the Holocaust, knowing that Israel would need as many strong alliances as possible within the European community.
Ben-Gurion: A Political Life Jewish Encounters Series #ad - A protégé of ben-gurion and himself a legendary figure on the international political stage, Shimon Peres brings to his account of Ben-Gurion’s life and towering achievements the profound insight of a statesman who shares Ben-Gurion’s dream of a modern, democratic Jewish nation-state that lives in peace and security alongside its Arab neighbors.
Although the state that ben-gurion would lead through war and peace had not yet declared its precarious independence, the “Old Man, ” as he was called even then, was already a mythic figure. Peres, who came of age in the cabinets of ben-Gurion, is uniquely placed to evoke this figure of stirring contradictions—a prophetic visionary and a canny pragmatist who early grasped the necessity of compromise for national survival.
No Room for Small Dreams: Courage, Imagination, and the Making of Modern IsraelCustom House #ad - Told with the frankness of someone aware this would likely be his final statement, but as much as it is about what happened, No Room for Small Dreams spans decades and events, it is about why it happened. He was crucial to launching israel’s nuclear energy program and to the creation of its high-tech “Start-up Nation” revolution.
In doing so, he not only charts a better path forward for his beloved country but provides deep and universal wisdom for younger generations who seek to lead—be it in politics, business, or the broader service of making our planet a safer, more peaceful, and just place. Examining pivotal moments in israel’s rise, how to make hard choices in a climate of uncertainty and distress, Peres explores what makes for a great leader, the challenges of balancing principles with policies, and the liberating nature of imagination and unpredicted innovation.
His refusal to surrender to conventional wisdom and political norms helped save the Israeli economy and prompted some of the most daring military operations in history, among them the legendary Operation Entebbe. And yet, his stunning transition from hawk to dove—with its accompanying unwavering commitment to peace—made him one of the globe’s most recognized, honored, as important as his role in creating and deploying Israel’s armed forces was, and admired statesmen.
No Room for Small Dreams: Courage, Imagination, and the Making of Modern Israel #ad - In this, finished only weeks before his passing, his final work, Peres offers a long-awaited examination of the crucial turning points in Israeli history through the prism of having been a decision maker and eyewitness. He was central to the establishment of the Israeli Defense Forces and the defense industry that would provide the young state with a robust deterrent power.
Peres would indeed go on to serve the new state as prime minister, foreign minister, president, and the head of several other ministries.
Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel's Most Important Leaders Shaped Its DestinyPublicAffairs #ad - In those moments, israel needed extraordinary acts of leadership and strategic judgment to secure its future, and these leaders rose to the occasion. Over the next sixty years, each experienced moments when the country's existence was directly imperiled. Modern israel's founding fathers provided some of the boldest and most principled leadership of any nation--now Israel needs their example more than ever.
Modern israel's founding fathers provided some of the boldest and most principled leadership of any nation. The strength they showed allowed them to prevail. Today, israel may be on the verge of sacrificing the essential character that its greatest citizens fought to secure. This is the story of that epic struggle.
Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel's Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny #ad - Now israel needs their example more than ever. At a time when the political destiny of israel is more uncertain than at any moment since its modern founding, Be Strong and of Good Courage celebrates the defining generation of leaders who took on the task of safeguarding the country's future. David ben-gurion, menachem begin, yitzhak Rabin, and Ariel Sharon were all present at the creation of the new nation in 1948.
Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel's Soul Jewish Encounters SeriesSchocken #ad - Daniel gordis’s perceptive biography gives us new insight into a remarkable political figure whose influence continues to be felt both within Israel and throughout the world. This title is part of the Jewish Encounters series. A powerful orator and mesmerizing public figure, begin was imprisoned by the Soviets in 1940, joined the Free Polish Army in 1942, and arrived in Palestine as a Polish soldier shortly thereafter.
Begin was buried not alongside israel’s prime ministers, but alongside the Irgun comrades who died in the struggle to create the Jewish national home to which he had devoted his life. But the disastrous invasion of lebanon to end the PLO’s shelling of Israel’s northern cities, combined with his declining health and the death of his wife, led Begin to resign in 1983.
Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel's Soul Jewish Encounters Series #ad - He spent the next nine years in virtual seclusion, until his death in 1992. His outreach to ethiopian jews and vietnamese “boat people” was universally admired, and his decision to bomb Iraq’s nuclear reactor in 1981 is now regarded as an act of courageous foresight. Reviled as a fascist by his great rival ben-gurion, venerated by Israel’s underclass, a proud Jew but not a conventionally religious one, the first Israeli to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Menachem Begin was both complex and controversial.
Born in poland in 1913, begin was a youthful admirer of the Revisionist Zionist Ze’ev Jabotinsky and soon became a leader within Jabotinsky’s Betar movement. Welcoming egyptian president anwar sadat to Israel and cosigning a peace treaty with him on the White House lawn in 1979, Begin accomplished what his predecessors could not.
Joining the underground paramilitary Irgun in 1943, he achieved instant notoriety for the organization’s bombings of British military installations and other violent acts.
Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel Jewish LivesYale University Press #ad - He knew how to create and exploit the circumstances that made its birth possible. Shapira’s portrait reveals the flesh-and-blood man who more than anyone else realized the Israeli state. But just as lenin brought the bolshevik Revolution into the world and Churchill delivered a fighting Britain, so with Ben-Gurion and the Jewish state.
Shapira tells the ben-gurion story anew, focusing especially on the period after 1948, during the first years of statehood. As shapira writes, “ben-Gurion liked to argue that history is made by the masses, not individuals. As a result of her extensive research and singular access to Ben-Gurion’s personal archives, the author provides fascinating and original insights into his personal qualities and those that defined his political leadership.
Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel Jewish Lives #ad - There have been many books written about the life and accomplishments of the Zionist icon and founder of modern Israel, but this new biography by eminent Israeli historian Anita Shapira strives to get to the core of the complex man who would become the face of the new Jewish nation. David ben-gurion cast a great shadow during his lifetime, and his legacy continues to be sharply debated to this day.
We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and IsraelEcco #ad - In short, the cause for the rupture is not what Israel is; it’s what Israel does. These explanations tell only half the story. We stand divided examines the history of the troubled relationship, the founders of what are now the world’s two largest Jewish communities were responding to different threats and opportunities, showing that from the outset, and had very different ideas of how to guarantee a Jewish future.
With an even hand, daniel gordis takes us beyond the headlines and explains how Israel and America have fundamentally different ideas about issues ranging from democracy and history to religion and identity. From national jewish book award winner and author of israel, present, a bold reevaluation of the tensions between American and Israeli Jews that reimagines the past, and future of Jewish lifeRelations between the American Jewish community and Israel are at an all-time nadir.
We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel #ad - Only then can they forge a path forward, together. Most explanations pin the blame on israel’s handling of its conflict with the Palestinians, Israel’s attitude toward non-Orthodox Judaism, and Israel’s dismissive attitude toward American Jews in general. He argues that as a first step to healing the breach, the two communities must acknowledge and discuss their profound differences and moral commitments.
Since israel’s founding seventy years ago, particularly as memory of the Holocaust and of Israel’s early vulnerability has receded, the divide has grown only wider.
A State at Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-GurionFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Segev’s probing biography ranges from the villages of Poland to Manhattan libraries, London hotels, and the hills of Palestine, and shows us Ben-Gurion’s relentless activity across six decades. In this definitive biography, nuanced account, Israel’s leading journalist-historian Tom Segev uses large amounts of previously unreleased archival material to give an original, transcending the myths and legends that have accreted around the man.
. A masterly portrait of a titanic yet unfulfilled man. Segev also reveals that ben-gurion first heard about the Holocaust from a Palestinian Arab acquaintance, and explores his tempestuous private life, including the testimony of four former lovers. The result is a full and startling portrait of a man who sought a state “at any cost”—at times through risk-taking, and at other times through compromise, and unpredictability, violence, moderation, and reason.
A State at Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion #ad - Determined from an early age to create a jewish state, and navigated his country through wars, declared Israel’s independence, he thereupon took control of the Zionist movement, controversies and remarkable achievements. Along the way, his willingness to countenance the forced transfer of arab neighbors, his relative indifference to Jerusalem, Segev reveals for the first time Ben-Gurion’s secret negotiations with the British on the eve of Israel’s independence, and his occasional “nutty moments”—from UFO sightings to plans for Israel to acquire territory in South America.
Segev’s ben-gurion is neither a saint nor a villain but rather a historical actor who belongs in the company of Lenin or Churchill—a twentieth-century leader whose iron will and complex temperament left a complex and contentious legacy that we still reckon with today. This is a gripping study of power, and the loneliness of power.
Israel: A Concise History of a Nation RebornEcco #ad - The result is a vivid portrait of a people, and a nation, reborn. Winner of the jewish book of the year awardthe first comprehensive yet accessible history of the state of Israel from its inception to present day, from Daniel Gordis, "one of the most respected Israel analysts" The Forward living and writing in Jerusalem.
Israel is a tiny state, and lately, aroused its imagination, and yet it has captured the world’s attention, been the object of its opprobrium. Clear-eyed and erudite, he illustrates how Israel became a cultural, economic and military powerhouse—but also explains where Israel made grave mistakes and traces the long history of Israel’s deepening isolation.
Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn #ad - . Accessible, levelheaded, and rigorous, Israel sheds light on the Israel’s past so we can understand its future. With israel, and political history of this complex nation, economic, public intellectual Daniel Gordis offers us a brief but thorough account of the cultural, from its beginnings to the present.
Though israel’s history is rife with conflict, these conflicts do not fully communicate the spirit of Israel and its people: they give short shrift to the dream that gave birth to the state, and to the vision for the Jewish people that was at its core. Guiding us through the milestones of Israeli history, Gordis relays the drama of the Jewish people’s story and the creation of the state.
Why does such a small country speak to so many global concerns? more pressingly: Why does Israel make the decisions it does? And what lies in its future?We cannot answer these questions until we understand Israel’s people and the questions and conflicts, the hopes and desires, that have animated their conversations and actions.
Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of IsraelSchocken #ad - A series of public service jobs brought her to the attention of David Ben-Gurion, and her political career took off. The definitive biography of the iron-willed leader, chain-smoking political operative, and tea-and-cake-serving grandmother who became the fourth prime minister of Israel Golda Meir was a world figure unlike any other.
Klagsbrun's superbly researched and masterly recounted story of Israel's founding mother gives us a Golda for the ages. But her time in office ended in tragedy, when Israel was caught off guard by Egypt and Syria's surprise attack on Yom Kippur in 1973. Resigning in the war's aftermath, she spent her final years keeping a hand in national affairs and bemusedly enjoying international acclaim.
Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel #ad - Fund-raising in america in 1948, secretly meeting in amman with king abdullah right before israel's declaration of independence, mobbed by thousands of Jews in a Moscow synagogue in 1948 as Israel's first representative to the USSR, Golda brought fiery oratory, serving as minister of labor and foreign minister in the 1950s and 1960s, plainspoken appeals, and shrewd deal-making to the cause to which she had dedicated her life—the welfare and security of the State of Israel and its inhabitants.
As prime minister, golda negotiated arms agreements with Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger and had dozens of clandestine meetings with Jordan's King Hussein in the unsuccessful pursuit of a land-for-peace agreement with Israel's neighbors. Born in tsarist russia in 1898, she immigrated to america in 1906 and grew up in Milwaukee, where from her earliest years she displayed the political consciousness and organizational skills that would eventually catapult her into the inner circles of Israel's founding generation.
Moving to mandatory palestine in 1921 with her husband, the passionate socialist joined a kibbutz but soon left and was hired at a public works office by the man who would become the great love of her life. Analyzing newly available documents from Israeli government archives, Francine Klagsbrun looks into whether Golda could have prevented that war and whether in its darkest days she contemplated using nuclear force.
#IsraeliJudaism: Portrait of a Cultural RevolutionThe Jewish People Policy Institute #ad - Using stories, and insights, numbers, the authors sketch the outlines of a culture in which Israeliness and Jewishness are becoming one and the same. Israelijudaism is a book about a fascinating phenomenon. A new kind of Judaism is emerging in the 21st century. In israel, the state of the Jewish people, Judaism is undergoing one of its greatest transformations since biblical times.
In this book, and camil fuchs, a tel aviv university profes- sor of statistics and pollster, Shmuel Rosner, a senior fellow at the Jerusalem based Jewish People Policy Institute, make the first serious attempt to explain this revolutionary process. This transformation is rooted in a unique and vibrant culture, which is different from all other Jewish cultures, past and present.
#IsraeliJudaism: Portrait of a Cultural Revolution #ad - Israelis have forged a new way of being Jewish, assimilation, secularism, by confronting and over- coming the great challenges of modernity, and apathy. It introduces israeli culture to the non-Israeli reader in a fresh way, while shedding light on why Israel and the Diaspora face a great divide. Israelijudaism is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand Israel, Judaism, and the Jewish people.
Jewish Literacy Revised Ed: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People, and Its HistoryHarperCollins e-books #ad - Widely recognized as one of the most respected and indispensable reference books on Jewish life, tradition, and religion, culture, Jewish Literacy covers every essential aspect of the Jewish people and Judaism. In 352 short and engaging chapters, rabbi telushkin discusses everything from the Jewish Bible and Talmud to Jewish notions of ethics to antisemitism and the Holocaust; from the history of Jews around the world to Zionism and the politics of a Jewish state; from the significance of religious traditions and holidays to how they are practiced in daily life.
What does it mean to be a jew? how does one begin to answer so extensive a question?In this insightful and completely updated tome, esteemed rabbi and bestselling author Joseph Telushkin helps answer the question of what it means to be a Jew, in the largest sense. A comprehensive yet thoroughly accessible resource for anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of Judaism, Jewish Literacy is a must for every Jewish home.
Jewish Literacy Revised Ed: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People, and Its History #ad - Whether you want to know more about Judaism in general or have specific questions you'd like answered, Jewish Literacy is sure to contain the information you need. Rabbi telushkin's expert knowledge of Judaism makes the updated and revised edition of Jewish Literacy an invaluable reference.