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Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure

Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure

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A New York Times Critics' Best Nonfiction Book of 2021
Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Biography

From a gifted young writer, the story of his quest to reclaim his family's apartment building in Poland--and of the astonishing entanglement with Nazi treasure hunters that follows

Menachem Kaiser's brilliantly told story, woven from improbable events and profound revelations, is set in motion when the author takes up his Holocaust-survivor grandfather's former battle to reclaim the family's apartment building in Sosnowiec, Poland. Soon, he is on a circuitous path to encounters with the long-time residents of the building, and with a Polish lawyer known as "The Killer." A surprise discovery--that his grandfather's cousin not only survived the war, but wrote a secret memoir while a slave laborer in a vast, secret Nazi tunnel complex--leads to Kaiser being adopted as a virtual celebrity by a band of Silesian treasure seekers who revere the memoir as the indispensable guidebook to Nazi plunder. Propelled by rich original research, Kaiser immerses readers in profound questions that reach far beyond his personal quest. What does it mean to seize your own legacy? Can reclaimed property repair rifts among the living? Plunder is both a deeply immersive adventure story and an irreverent, daring interrogation of inheritance--material, spiritual, familial, and emotional.

Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo

Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo

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On the fortieth anniversary of the Camp David Accords, a groundbreaking new history that shows how Egyptian-Israeli peace ensured lasting Palestinian statelessness

For seventy years Israel has existed as a state, and for forty years it has honored a peace treaty with Egypt that is widely viewed as a triumph of U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East. Yet the Palestinians--the would-be beneficiaries of a vision for a comprehensive regional settlement that led to the Camp David Accords in 1978--remain stateless to this day. How and why Palestinian statelessness persists are the central questions of Seth Anziska's groundbreaking book, which explores the complex legacy of the agreement brokered by President Jimmy Carter.

Based on newly declassified international sources, Preventing Palestine charts the emergence of the Middle East peace process, including the establishment of a separate track to deal with the issue of Palestine. At the very start of this process, Anziska argues, Egyptian-Israeli peace came at the expense of the sovereignty of the Palestinians, whose aspirations for a homeland alongside Israel faced crippling challenges. With the introduction of the idea of restrictive autonomy, Israeli settlement expansion, and Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon, the chances for Palestinian statehood narrowed even further. The first Intifada in 1987 and the end of the Cold War brought new opportunities for a Palestinian state, but many players, refusing to see Palestinians as a nation or a people, continued to steer international diplomacy away from their cause.

Combining astute political analysis, extensive original research, and interviews with diplomats, military veterans, and communal leaders, Preventing Palestine offers a bold new interpretation of a highly charged struggle for self-determination.

Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership

Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership

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This intimate narrative takes the reader behind the scenes into the chambers of Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzchak Rabin, and Menachem Begin on whose personal staffs the author served. Employing time-honored literary devices of scene-setting, impressionistic description, and characterization, he restores to life episodes of war and peace as these amazing individuals, early leaders of Israel, grappled with one another and with the life-and-death decisions they were often called upon to make. In the author's eyes, Menachem Begin emerges as most exceptional, and much of the book is devoted to him. Based largely on personal notes, as well as on actual transcripts and correspondence, some of which are revealed here for the first time, the narrative reenacts how each of the leaders responded under conditions of acute stress - be it terror or war- and how their respective relationships unfolded with Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford and Carter.
RABBIS' SUITCASE

RABBIS' SUITCASE

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A dusty, ancient suitcase remained largely unopened for generations. Its contents were precious letters and documents, from the greatest Gedolim of the nineteenth century. They were the collected correspondence of two Lithuanian sages who had emigrated from Russia to becomedayanimin the London Beis Din. After 130 years of obscurity, the contents can now be revealed, together with the remarkable and tragic picture that they paint of Jewish life in the late nineteenth century.

Reb Shlomo Freifeld

Reb Shlomo - The Life and Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Freifeld Hardcover

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He was called Reb Shlomo. An erudite, learned scholar and a passionate, eloquent speaker. A wise and trusted advisor, and a master listener.

But most of all, he was a rebbi. He taught generations of talmidim how to live and grow, and revealed a Yiddishkeit full of joy and fulfillment. The special way he looked at people seeing the greatness in them before they ever saw it themselves taught them to see the brilliance and splendor of their own neshamos.

This book will bring you into the glorious world of Reb Shlomo. It will touch your heart and stimulate your intellect. You will see up close the rich colors with which this master artist painted the human soul.

These pages hold the keys to a new way of seeing the world and yourself. This book will touch you in every way as a parent, a teacher, a spouse, a friend ... and, most of all, a Jew.

The story of Rabbi Shlomo Freifeld is the story of how one man transformed thousands of lives.

Reb Shlomo established Yeshiva Sh or Yoshuv in 1967, a tumultuous juncture in Jewish history. The Yeshiva was a magnet for searching souls, some of them yeshiva bachurim, and some of them newcomers to Orthodox Judaism. For each, Reb Shlomo had the right words, the perfect key to unlock their souls.

In this book, his wisdom, clarity and warmth are apparent on every page. We can experience how, armed with vision and enthusiasm, this exceptional man succeeded in breathing new life into generations of talmidim. The stories inside will move you and inspire you, hearten you and empower you.

It is the legacy of Reb Shlomo a gift that can elevate our lives.

Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History

Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History

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"One of the greatest religious biographies ever written." - Dennis Prager

In this enlightening biography, Joseph Telushkin offers a captivating portrait of the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, a towering figure who saw beyond conventional boundaries to turn his movement, Chabad-Lubavitch, into one of the most dynamic and widespread organizations ever seen in the Jewish world. At once an incisive work of history and a compendium of Rabbi Schneerson's teachings, Rebbe is the definitive guide to understanding one of the most vital, intriguing figures of the last centuries.

From his modest headquarters in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Rebbe advised some of the world's greatest leaders and shaped matters of state and society. Statesmen and artists as diverse as Ronald Reagan, Robert F. Kennedy, Yitzchak Rabin, Menachem Begin, Elie Wiesel, and Bob Dylan span the spectrum of those who sought his counsel. Rebbe explores Schneerson's overarching philosophies against the backdrop of treacherous history, revealing his clandestine operations to rescue and sustain Jews in the Soviet Union, and his critical role in the expansion of the food stamp program throughout the United States. More broadly, it examines how he became in effect an ambassador for Jews globally, and how he came to be viewed by many as not only a spiritual archetype but a savior. Telushkin also delves deep into the more controversial aspects of the Rebbe's leadership, analyzing his views on modern science and territorial compromise in Israel, and how in the last years of his life, many of his followers believed that he would soon be revealed as the Messiah, a source of contention until this day.

Rembrandt's Jews

Rembrandt's Jews

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There is a popular and romantic myth about Rembrandt and the Jewish people. One of history's greatest artists, we are often told, had a special affinity for Judaism. With so many of Rembrandt's works devoted to stories of the Hebrew Bible, and with his apparent penchant for Jewish themes and the sympathetic portrayal of Jewish faces, it is no wonder that the myth has endured for centuries.

Rembrandt's Jews puts this myth to the test as it examines both the legend and the reality of Rembrandt's relationship to Jews and Judaism. In his elegantly written and engrossing tour of Jewish Amsterdam--which begins in 1653 as workers are repairing Rembrandt's Portuguese-Jewish neighbor's house and completely disrupting the artist's life and livelihood--Steven Nadler tells us the stories of the artist's portraits of Jewish sitters, of his mundane and often contentious dealings with his neighbors in the Jewish quarter of Amsterdam, and of the tolerant setting that city provided for Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jews fleeing persecution in other parts of Europe. As Nadler shows, Rembrandt was only one of a number of prominent seventeenth-century Dutch painters and draftsmen who found inspiration in Jewish subjects. Looking at other artists, such as the landscape painter Jacob van Ruisdael and Emmanuel de Witte, a celebrated painter of architectural interiors, Nadler is able to build a deep and complex account of the remarkable relationship between Dutch and Jewish cultures in the period, evidenced in the dispassionate, even ordinary ways in which Jews and their religion are represented--far from the demonization and grotesque caricatures, the iconography of the outsider, so often found in depictions of Jews during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Through his close look at paintings, etchings, and drawings; in his discussion of intellectual and social life during the Dutch Golden Age; and even through his own travels in pursuit of his subject, Nadler takes the reader through Jewish Amsterdam then and now--a trip that, under ever-threatening Dutch skies, is full of colorful and eccentric personalities, fiery debates, and magnificent art.

Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations

Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The first definitive history of Israel's targeted killing programs, which have shaped the Israeli nation, the Middle East, and the larger world--from the man hailed by David Remnick as "arguably [Israel's] best investigative reporter."

"An exceptional work, a humane book about an incendiary subject . . . full of shocking moments, surprising disturbances in a narrative full of fateful twists and unintended consequences."--The New York Times

Winner of the National Jewish Book Award in History - Named One of the Ten Best Books of the Year by Jennifer Szalai of The New York Times - Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Economist, The New York Times Book Review, BBC History Magazine, and Mother Jones

The Talmud says: "If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first." This instinct to take every measure, even the most aggressive, to defend the Jewish people is hardwired into Israel's DNA. From the very beginning of its statehood in 1948, protecting the nation from harm has been the responsibility of its intelligence community and armed services, and there is one weapon in their vast arsenal that they have relied upon to thwart the most serious threats: Targeted assassinations have been used countless times, on enemies large and small, sometimes in response to attacks against the Israeli people and sometimes preemptively.

In this page-turning, eye-opening book, journalist and military analyst Ronen Bergman--praised by David Remnick as "arguably [Israel's] best investigative reporter"--offers a riveting inside account of the targeted killing programs: their successes, their failures, and the moral and political price exacted on the men and women who approved and carried out the missions.

Bergman has gained the exceedingly rare cooperation of many current and former members of the Israeli government, including Prime Ministers Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon, and Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as high-level figures in the country's military and intelligence services: the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), the Mossad (the world's most feared intelligence agency), Caesarea (a "Mossad within the Mossad" that carries out attacks on the highest-value targets), and the Shin Bet (an internal security service that implemented the largest targeted assassination campaign ever, in order to stop what had once appeared to be unstoppable: suicide terrorism).

Including never-before-reported, behind-the-curtain accounts of key operations, and based on hundreds of on-the-record interviews and thousands of files to which Bergman has gotten exclusive access over his decades of reporting, Rise and Kill First brings us deep into the heart of Israel's most secret activities. Bergman traces, from statehood to the present, the gripping events and thorny ethical questions underlying Israel's targeted killing campaign, which has shaped the Israeli nation, the Middle East, and the larger world.

Ruth: From Alienation to Monarchy (Maggid Studies in Tanakh)

Ruth: From Alienation to Monarchy (Maggid Studies in Tanakh)

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In this fluent and penetrating study of the Book of Ruth, Yael Ziegler provides a masterful primer on how to read biblical narratives with sensitivity and depth, using recent methodological breakthroughs in the study of Tanakh. Beyond providing an eye-opening reading of a familiar biblical book, the author creatively demonstrates that midrashic readings can reveal deep strata of textual meaning, and combines these insights with classical and contemporary scholarship to uncover the religious messages of this beautifully crafted story. In Ruth: From Alienation and Monarchy, modern techniques of literary analysis and rabbinic homilies merge to yield common insights into themes such as leadership, redemption, identity, and social morality.
Sacred Trash: Lost and Found World of the Cairo Genizah

Sacred Trash: Lost and Found World of the Cairo Genizah

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NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FINALIST

WINNER OF THE 2012 AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION'S SOPHIE BRODY AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN JEWISH LITERATURE

Sacred Trash tells the remarkable story of the Cairo Geniza--a synagogue repository for worn-out texts that turned out to contain the most vital cache of Jewish manuscripts ever discovered.

This tale of buried communal treasure weaves together unforgettable portraits of Solomon Schechter and the other modern heroes responsible for the collection's rescue with explorations of the medieval documents themselves--letters and poems, wills and marriage contracts, Bibles, money orders, fiery dissenting religious tracts, fashion-conscious trousseaux lists, prescriptions, petitions, and mysterious magical charms. Presenting a pan­oramic view of almost a thousand years of vibrant Mediterranean Judaism, Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole bring contemporary readers into the heart of this little-known trove, whose contents have rightly been dubbed "the Living Sea Scrolls." Part biography, part meditation on the supreme value the Jewish people has long placed in the written word, Sacred Trash is above all a gripping tale of adventure and redemption.

(With black-and-white illustrations throughout.)

Sacred Trash: Lost and Found World of the Cairo Genizah

Sacred Trash: Lost and Found World of the Cairo Genizah

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NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FINALIST

Part of the Jewish Encounter series


One May day in 1896, at a dining-room table in Cambridge, England, a meeting took place between a Romanian-born maverick Jewish intellectual and twin learned Presbyterian Scotswomen, who had assembled to inspect several pieces of rag paper and parchment. It was the unlikely start to what would prove a remarkable, continent-hopping, century-crossing saga, and one that in many ways has revolutionized our sense of what it means to lead a Jewish life.

In Sacred Trash, MacArthur-winning poet and translator Peter Cole and acclaimed essayist Adina Hoffman tell the story of the retrieval from an Egyptian geniza, or repository for worn-out texts, of the most vital cache of Jewish manuscripts ever discovered. This tale of buried scholarly treasure weaves together unforgettable portraits of Solomon Schechter and the other heroes of this drama with explorations of the medieval documents themselves--letters and poems, wills and marriage contracts, Bibles, money orders, fiery dissenting tracts, fashion-conscious trousseaux lists, prescriptions, petitions, and mysterious magical charms. Presenting a panoramic view of nine hundred years of vibrant Mediterranean Judaism, Hoffman and Cole bring modern readers into the heart of this little-known trove, whose contents have rightly been dubbed "the Living Sea Scrolls." Part biography and part meditation on the supreme value the Jewish people has long placed on the written word, Sacred Trash is above all a gripping tale of adventure and redemption.

Sayret Matkal The Greatest Operations of Israel's Elite Commandos

Sayeret Matkal The Greatest Operations of Israel's Elite Commandos

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Sayeret Matkal depicts the greatest operations of Israel's elite commando force from the perspective of the people who were there--the soldiers and their commanders, many of whom became Israel's top leaders and politicians: people such as Benjamin Netanyahu, Moshe Ya'alon, and Ehud Barak. In riveting prose and fascinating detail, the book tells the stories of operations such as Spring of Youth, in which PLO terrorists were killed in their homes in Beirut; the daring hostage rescue mission in Entebbe, Uganda, one of the unit's most glorious operations; the assassination of Abu Jihad in Tunis, Tunisia, and many more. First and foremost, this is a book about the remarkable people who made Israel's legendary commando unit an icon of determination, ingenuity, and courage.
Sequence of Events in the Old Testament

Sequence of Events in the Old Testament

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Eliezer Shulman was born in Bessarabia in 1923. At the age of 16, he planned to immigrate to Israel on an illegal immigrant convoy, but was prevented from carrying out his plans by the outbreak of World War II. Instead of coming to Israel, he was exiled to Siberia. It was only in 1975 that Shulman was allowed to leave Siberia with his family to settle in Isarel. In Siberia, Shulman began to work as a blacksmith, then as a tractor\-driver, a railway\-worker, a senior engineer, and finally the manager of a planning department. Throughout his long years of exile, Shulman did not give up his Jewish national values. He taught Hebrew Bible, Jewish History, and Zionism to his two Siberian\-born daughters. Father and daughters secretly engaged in the teaching of Hebrew, and infused many students with a Jewish\-national consciousness. They traslated Israeli songs into Russian, and helped create an Israeli atmosphere in the remote cold North. In order to teach and examine the Bible, Shulman developed a graphic chronology and genealogy of the Pentateuch. This monumetal work details the major characters and events mentioned in the Bible. Prof. Haim Gevaryahu, Chairman of the Israel association for Biblical research, describes the work as an excellent, many\-faceted tool for understanding the national and spiritual sources of the Jewish people.
SHAMMAS

SHAMMAS

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In this collection of original short stories, the reader will discover a universe of strength, glory and pathos just beyond the horizon, ever-so-slightly distant from his usual field of vision. As he reads of heroes and heroines, prophets and princes, the reader may find himself gazing through a magical, mystical window-or into a mirror.
Silent Revolution

Silent Revolution

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Eliyahu Essas was the new Russia's first ordained Rabbi and leader of a baal teshuvah movement.

Who are the great revolutionaries of the twentieth century? Any well-informed person would probably begin with Lenin and Gandhi -- and many familiar names would follow. Ilya Essas would probably not be on the list. But Ilya -- now Eliyahu -- Essas is one of this century’s greatest Jewish revolutionaries. Essas was a leader of the refuseniks, their teacher, their rosh yeshivah, the firebrand who gave them courage when the secret police were pounding on their doors. Trained as a brilliant mathematician and secretly taught by his parents to be a proud though silent Jew, Essas discovered the Torah in a musty corner of the Vilnius Academy library. From that moment, his life was changed. He became the spark plug and inspiration of the Russian teshuvah movement. He refused to live for himself. His life belonged to his students and the cause of his newfound Torah Judaism. Incredibly, he made himself an accomplished Torah scholar when it was a crime to teach Torah in the Soviet Union. Incredibly, he was ordained a rabbi. Incredibly, he developed of students who are themselves leaders of Jewish life, in Russia, Israel, and America. The Soviet Union of Essas’s dangerous struggle is gone -- but the story is as important as ever. This book soars with the grandeur of the Jewish spirit; the vitality of Jewish roots that lay buried but not dead under the blood-soaked ice of Communist atheism for sixty years; the lush new growth of Jewish awareness; the success story of Eliyahu Essas and his valiant revolution. And if any Jew ever imbides the poison of despair, this book is its antidote.

Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican

Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican

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The Shocking Secrets of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Artwork

The recent cleaning of the Sistine Chapel frescoes removed layer after layer of centuries of accumulated tarnish and darkness. The Sistine Secrets endeavors to remove the centuries of prejudice, censorship, and ignorance that blind us to the truth about one of the world's most famous and beloved art treasures.

Snapshot: The Israel Defense Forces as Never Seen Before

Snapshot: The Israel Defense Forces as Never Seen Before

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Snapshot presents an unprecedented insider's view of some of the most exclusive and secretive IDF units: Sayeret Matkal and Shaldag (General Staff and air force commando units), technology units of the intelligence division, and the Shabak (Israel Security Agency). The book also offers previously unpublished stories and photos from the war on terror, and border operations against Hezbollah, Hamas, and ISIS.

Commentator Yoav Limor and photographer Ziv Koren were given exclusive access, allowing them to bring us an unfiltered view of Israel's real war over our homeland - from covert attacks in Syria and the battle against terror to defending the borders. Their work also reveals the real war of daily struggles - for the advancement of women in the military, to integrate the ultra-Orthodox, to absorb immigrants and disadvantaged youth. It documents the IDF's humanitarian aid missions to disaster sites around the world and the technological breakthroughs that have transformed Israel into the start-up nation.

Key Points of Snapshot

- Stunning photography from famed Israeli photographer Ziv Koren
- Provides a fascinating picture of the work that the IDF does through both writing and imagery
- Gives an exclusive inside look at secret units that has never before been seen
- Spotlights female and religious soldiers

About the Author

Yoav Limor is a veteran journalist who has covered Israel's defense establishment for the last thirty years. He previously served as writer and defense analyst for Ma'ariv daily newspaper and as its London bureau chief. He was a commentator on military affairs for Channel 1 and in recent years has written for Yisrael Hayom daily. Recently he served as the host for the Channel 2 morning show. Today he appears on Keshet as host of the morning show and documentary presenter. He authored the best seller Captives in Lebanon (with Ofer Shelach) and is a regular lecturer in many forums in Israel and around the world.

About the Photographer

Ziv Koren is Israel's premier photojournalist. Previously he worked as a photographer for Yediot Aharonot, and recently he has photographed for Yisrael Hayom and leading global media outlets. He is also Israel's representative for the Polaris photo agency. Koren has published seventeen books and displayed his work in dozens of exhibitions. His photos are regularly featured on the covers of major magazines in Israel and abroad and have won many international prizes. Koren is a popular lecturer on photography in Israel and around the world.

Snapshot is a unique project that offers us a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the IDF and the other security forces as they have never been viewed before.

Commentator Yoav Limor and photographer Ziv Koren were given exclusive access, allowing them to bring us an unfiltered view of Israel's real war over our homeland from covert attacks in Syria and the battle against terror to defending the borders. Their work also reveals the real war of daily struggles for the advancement of women in the military, to integrate the ultra-Orthodox, to absorb immigrants and disadvantaged youth. It documents the IDF's humanitarian aid missions to disaster sites around the world and the technological breakthroughs that have transformed Israel into the start-up nation.

 

 

Snapshot presents an unprecedented insider's view

of some of the most exclusive and secretive IDF units: Sayeret Matkal and Shaldag (General Staff and air force commando units), technology units of the intelligence division, and the Shabak (Israel Security Agency). The book also offers previously unpublished stories and photos from the war on terror, and border operations against Hezbollah, Hamas, and ISIS.

State of Halakha: Israel's History in Jewish Law

State of Halakha: Israel's History in Jewish Law

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The system of Jewish law is designed to guide us in major and minor areas of our lives. However, how is it applied in unprecedented situations? In this fascinating new work, rabbi and educator Aviad Tabory goes through watershed events and major issues in modern Israeli history, examining them through the lens of halakha. Examples include the 1961 capture of Adolph Eichmann and the obligation to bring murderers to justice; the Eli Cohen affair in Syria and how far one may go to protect the State of Israel; the 2005 Disengagement from Gush Katif and the issues surrounding the destructtion of synagogues; the religious ramifications for Jerusalem the capital when the American Embassy moved to Jerusalem. This work looks at halakha within the context of the pertinent historical, political, cultural and social issues at each time.

The system of Jewish law is designed to guide us in major and minor areas of our lives. However, how is it applied in unprecedented situations? In this fascinating new work, rabbi and educator Aviad Tabory goes through watershed events and major issues in modern Israeli history, examining them through the lens of halakha. Examples include the 1961 capture of Adolph Eichmann and the obligation to bring murderers to justice; the Eli Cohen affair in Syria and how far one may go to protect the State of Israel; the 2005 Disengagement from Gush Katif and the issues surrounding the destructtion of synagogues; the religious ramifications for Jerusalem the capital when the American Embassy moved to Jerusalem. This work looks at halakha within the context of the pertinent historical, political, cultural and social issues at each time.

Struggles, Challenges and Tradition

Struggles, Challenges and Tradition

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How Jewish Communities Defended Orthodoxy 1820-1940
Studies in Halakha and Rabbinic History

Studies in Halakha and Rabbinic History

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By the time of his death at age 31, Rabbi Eitam Henkin Hy"d had authored over fifty articles and four books. The scion of an illustrious rabbinic dynasty, he was acclaimed for both his halakhic writings and his mastery of the byways of the rabbinic world of the 19th and 20th centuries. Those who grasped his gifts forecast for him a future as a rabbinic luminary. Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife, Naama Hy"d, were murdered by terrorists who attacked their car on Hol HaMoed Sukkot 5776 (2015). This book provides the reader with a sampling of Rabbi Eitam's halakhic and historical works, and reflects his range of interests within both of these genres. Each chapter is a masterpiece in its own field. The topics range from the kosher status of strawberries ("What You Permitted, We Prohibited") to electronic sensors on Shabbat, from the Bruria episode in the Talmud to "The Haredi/National-Religious Dichotomy in Israel: Case Studies in Historical Revisionism." Each subject is approached with astonishing breadth of knowledge, analytic incisiveness, careful scholarship, and creative insight. This volume allows us to benefit from the lasting impact of Rabbi Eitam Henkin's legacy.
Terror Out of Zion

Terror Out of Zion

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"We fight, therefore we are." This revision of Cartesian wisdom was enunciated by the late premier of Israel, Menachim Begin. It is the leitmotif of this brilliant study of the military origins of modern Israel. J. Bowyer Bell argues that the members of Irgun, Lehi (the Stern Gang), and the Zionist underground in British mandated Palestine had clear motives for the violent path they took: the creation of a sovereign homeland for the Jewish people in oppressed lands. These advocates of terror pitted themselves against not only the British and the Arabs, but also against less violent brethren like Ben Gurion, Moshe Dayan, and Yitzhak Rabin.

This is the definitive story of desperate, dedicated revolutionaries who were driven to conclude that lives must be taken if Israel were to live. The dynamite bombing of the King David Hotel, the assassination of Lord Moyne in Cairo, and Count Bernardotte, in Palestine were but a few acts of terror which forced the British out of the Middle East. Terror Out of Zion evaluates whether these acts were extremist or necessary, and whether these men and women were fanatics or freedom fighters.

Terror Out of Zion serves as a primer for those who would understand contemporary political divisions in Israel. It is based on careful historical research and interviews with surviving members of the Irgun, chronicling bombings, assassinations, hah- breadth prison escapes, and endless cycles of retaliation in the terror that gave birth to Israel, but, no less, continues to inform its political relations. Bell has fashioned an adventure story that also explains the sources of current tensions and frictions within Israel.

Publishers' Weekly wrote that "Bell's book crackles with suspense and explodes with tales of carnage and violence; it could hardly be otherwise. Yet he writes with compassion and insight into the black despair that engendered the terrorist's brutal deeds." And a highly laudatory New York Times review said "excellent ... a skillfully written, fast-paced anecdotal narrative of one of the bloodiest and least documented chapters of Zionist history . . . the story is more than mere history; it is detailed portrait of the formulating experiences of Israel's new leadership."

The Black Envelope (The Margellos World Republic of Letters)

The Black Envelope (The Margellos World Republic of Letters)

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A melancholy tale of searching--for documents, for truth, for coffee--from the Romanian master

A splendid, violent spring suddenly grips Bucharest in the 1980s after a brutal winter. Tolea, an eccentric middle-aged intellectual who has been dismissed from his job as a high school teacher on "moral grounds," is investigating his father's death forty years after the fact, and is drawn into a web of suspicion and black humor. Norman Manea's enigmatic and artful novel--set against the backdrop of life under the repressive Ceausescu regime--depicts the chaos and deprivation of Tolea's existence, and his tenuous grip on reality.

A splendid, violent spring suddenly grips Bucharest in the 1980s after a brutal winter. Tolea, an eccentric middle-aged intellectual who has been dismissed from his job as a high school teacher on "moral grounds," is investigating his father's death forty years after the fact, and is drawn into a web of suspicion and black humor.

"Reading 'The Black Envelope,' one might think of the poisonous 'black milk' of Celan's 'Death Fugue' or the claustrophobic air of mounting terror in Mr. Appelfeld's 'Badenheim 1939.' . . . Mr. Manea offers striking images and insights into the recent experience of Eastern Europe."—New York Times Book Review

The Chosen Few: How Education Shaped Jewish History, 70-1492 (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World, 42) Hardcover

The Chosen Few: How Education Shaped Jewish History, 70-1492 (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World, 42) Hardcover

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How the Jewish people went from farmers to merchants

In 70 CE, the Jews were an agrarian and illiterate people living mostly in the Land of Israel and Mesopotamia. By 1492 the Jewish people had become a small group of literate urbanites specializing in crafts, trade, moneylending, and medicine in hundreds of places across the Old World, from Seville to Mangalore. What caused this radical change? The Chosen Few presents a new answer to this question by applying the lens of economic analysis to the key facts of fifteen formative centuries of Jewish history. Maristella Botticini and Zvi Eckstein offer a powerful new explanation of one of the most significant transformations in Jewish history while also providing fresh insights into the growing debate about the social and economic impact of religion.

How the Jewish people went from farmers to merchants

In 70 CE, the Jews were an agrarian and illiterate people living mostly in the Land of Israel and Mesopotamia. By 1492 the Jewish people had become a small group of literate urbanites specializing in crafts, trade, moneylending, and medicine in hundreds of places across the Old World, from Seville to Mangalore. What caused this radical change? The Chosen Few presents a new answer to this question by applying the lens of economic analysis to the key facts of fifteen formative centuries of Jewish history. Maristella Botticini and Zvi Eckstein offer a powerful new explanation of one of the most significant transformations in Jewish history while also providing fresh insights into the growing debate about the social and economic impact of religion.

The Gulf Region and Israel

The Gulf Region and Israel

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From the outset of his presidency, Donald Trump sought to narrow differences between Israel and the six monarchies of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)-Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)-as part of his strategy to isolate Iran.With that objective in mind, Trump's first visit abroad as president was to Riyadh in May 2017-where he addressed the U.S.-Arab-Islamic Summit-immediately followed by a visit to Israel.The President's message was clear: Saudi Arabia and Israel would serve as co-pillars of the U.S. security architecture for the broader Middle East. Under that vision, Egypt, Jordan and the six Gulf monarchies-together with Israel-would isolate Iran diplomatically. The second plank of this strategy was anchored in the so-called "Maximum Pressure" campaign, which sought for all practical purposes to expedite the collapse of Iran's economy as part of an effort to strengthen Washington's standing vis-à-vis Tehran. The third plank focused on solving the Israel-Palestinian conflict. These dynamics, the Trump-administration reasoned, would help set the stage for the renegotiation of the Iran agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.Trump's vision, however, faced immediate resistance-not from Iran or its regional proxies, but rather from some of Washington's very own Gulf partners when they imposed a blockade on Qatar only weeks after his Riyadh address. While the crisis between Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt over Qatar was initially understood in Washington as an inter-Arab dispute, Sigurd Neubauer examines the overlooked and widely misunderstood Israeli and Omani roles in this feud.The Gulf crisis, Neubauer goes on to argue, has shattered a widely held preconception, namely that Israel and the Gulf states are drawing closer because of their shared animosity towards Iran and its regional agenda. While the Gulf states and Israel are indeed drawing closer, it is not primarily driven by fear of Iran but rather by inter-GCC rivalry, including in Washington, where an inexperienced administration had to dedicate significant political capital to solve the Gulf crisis.
IMPACT OF WORLD WAR ONE ON THE JEWISH PEOPLE

The Impact of World War One on the Jewish People

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The First World War was a calamity which significantly impacted the Jewish people. Millions of Jews were personally affected whether upon the battlefields by being in close proximity to the fighting, or as refugees. The era of the First World War ignited existing hatreds against Jewry and posed unprecedented challenges in a world rife with peril. With the War's end in 1918, dangers and hardships facing Jewry continued. Amid this bleak and ominous picture, the Balfour Declaration gave hope for Jewish statehood. The aftermath of the war eventually led to the rebirth of the Jewish State.