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Yossi Klein Halevi is an American-born (1953) journalist, commentator, and author, based in Jerusalem since 1982. His education includes a BA in Jewish Studies from Brooklyn College and a MS in journalism from Northwestern University. He was a senior fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in näytä lisää Jerusalem from 2003-2009. He writes op-ed pages of American newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. His first book was Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist: The Story of a Transformation (1995). His other works include, At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land (2001), Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation (2013), and Letters to My Palestinian Neighbors (2018). (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

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The book is a detailed long-winded account of Israeli wars following seven paratroopers. The highlights include:
Kibbutz Ein Shemer becomes a character.
Ayn Rand (writer of The Fountain Head) is followed by some kibbutz members even though she’s anti-communist.
Secularism was considered temporary to revitalize the nation of Israel but eventually would yield to the longings of the Jewish soul for god.
Paratroopers roasted nonkosher porcupines!
Paratroopers were fighting along with rabbi’s and dealing with religious customs about The Mount. The fear of walking over sacred ground where the Great Temple stood.
Looting by Jews in the Old City of Arab stores?
Meir writing a song that’s a takeoff of Jerusalem of Gold
Refugees of Kfar Etzion kibbutz were told to avoid saying abba (translated father) in the presence of children without fathers. It was fraying so they had to disband.
For lovers of Jewish Israeli history this is a must read. For the rest of us maybe not so much.

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GordonPrescottWiener | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 24, 2023 |
I bought this book when it was first published. Since then, I have been trying to finish it. I would read a chapter, and say "okay, maybe I'll find it more engaging in the next few pages." Then I'd finish the next chapter and say the same thing. After reading 2/3rds of the book, I'm calling it. #DNF. I would love to love it, but just couldn't. I guess sometimes we have readers block?
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nhmyster | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 3, 2021 |
Really different approach to Israel. Focuses on people in the 1967, Yom Kippur, etc wars. Not so much on the wars themselves. Very interesting to rad about kibbutznick, orthodox, military, civilians, etc. Author folllowed the same people through many parts of the founding of Israel. The varying viewpoints and opinions were really interesting. Good read.
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bermandog | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 29, 2020 |
WELL WRITTEN, CLEAR. TRYING TO show Israeli's side & yet being 'open minded'
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evatkaplan | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 30, 2020 |



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