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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.
The Holy Temple in Jerusalem

The Holy Temple in Jerusalem

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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.

The Impossible Jews: What is the Secret of Their Immortality?

The Impossible Jews: What is the Secret of Their Immortality?

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Mark Twain asked a simple question:

"What is the secret of the Jew's immortality?"

None of the great civilizations of ancient times are still around. But, somehow, the ancient Jews and their distinctive way of life are still here.

Why?

This book shows that many other non-Jews also recognized this unusual phenomenon and the specialness of the Jewish people. In other words, it is a question that every intelligent human being should be asking and getting clear and cogent answers.

This book presents the classic answers to the question and then provides a novel one never heard before.

It also explains, for the first time ever, a profound variation of the rationale for anti- Semitism.

The Jews are impossible for the very reason that the whole world depends on their survival. But why? Now, you the reader will find out the secret to an anomaly that has baffled so many.

Enjoy this mind-opening and life-enlightening experience. You will be a different person when you grasp the message of this book.

If you don't have an answer to this very basic question, then this book is for you.

The Italian Executioners

The Italian Executioners

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A gripping revisionist history that shows how ordinary Italians played a central role in the genocide of Italian Jews during the Second World War

In this gripping revisionist history of Italy's role in the Holocaust, Simon Levis Sullam presents an unforgettable account of how ordinary Italians actively participated in the deportation of Italy's Jews between 1943 and 1945, when Mussolini's collaborationist republic was under German occupation. While most historians have long described Italians as relatively protective of Jews during this time, The Italian Executioners tells a very different story, recounting in vivid detail the shocking events of a period in which Italians set in motion almost half the arrests that sent their Jewish compatriots to Auschwitz.

This brief, beautifully written narrative shines a harsh spotlight on those who turned on their Jewish fellow citizens. These collaborators ranged from petty informers to Fascist intellectuals--and their motives ran from greed to ideology. Drawing insights from Holocaust and genocide studies and combining a historian's rigor with a novelist's gift for scene-setting, Levis Sullam takes us into Italian cities large and small, from Florence and Venice to Brescia, showing how events played out in each. Re-creating betrayals and arrests, he draws indelible portraits of victims and perpetrators alike.

Along the way, Levis Sullam dismantles the seductive popular myth of italiani brava gente--the "good Italians" who sheltered their Jewish compatriots from harm. The result is an essential correction to a widespread misconception of the Holocaust in Italy. In collaboration with the Nazis, and with different degrees and forms of involvement, the Italians were guilty of genocide.

The Massacare That Never Was

The Massacare That Never Was

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On April 9, 1948, forces of the Etzel and Lehi Jewish underground military organizations attacked the Arab village of Deir Yassin west of Jerusalem. The nature of this attack became one of the most controversial issues in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Professor Eliezer Tauber’s serious and in-depth research sheds light on this event, as we discover what really happened at Deir Yassin. This work will have a major impact on how we understand Israeli and Palestinian history.

The Messiah Confrontation

The Messiah Confrontation

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2023 Top Ten Book from the Academy of Parish Clergy

The Messiah Confrontation casts new and fascinating light on why Jesus was killed.

Grounded in meticulous research on the messianism debates in the Bible and during the Second Temple period, biblical scholar Israel Knohl argues that Jesus's trial was in reality a dramatic clash between two Jewish groups holding opposing ideologies of messianism and anti-messianism, with both ideologies running through the Bible. The Pharisees (forefathers of the rabbinic sages) and most of the Jewish people had a conception of a Messiah similar to Jesus: like the prophets and most psalmists, they expected the arrival of a godlike Messiah. However, the judges who sentenced Jesus to death were Sadducees, who were fighting with the Pharisees largely because they repudiated the Messiah idea. Thus, the trial of Jesus was not a clash between Jewish and what would become Christian doctrines but a confrontation between two internal Jewish positions--expecting a Messiah or rejecting the Messiah idea--in which Jesus and the Pharisees were actually on the same side.

Knohl contends that had the assigned judges been Pharisees rather than Sadducees, Jesus would not have been convicted and crucified. The Pharisees' disagreement with Jesus was solely over whether Jesus was the Messiah--but historically, for Jews, arguing about who was or wasn't the Messiah was not uncommon.

The Messiah Confrontation has far-reaching consequences for the relationship between Christians and Jews.

The Mishkan Illuminated: Step-by-step Explanations and Illustrations of the Entire Mishkan Following the Verses in Parashas Terumah

The Mishkan Illuminated: Step-by-step Explanations and Illustrations of the Entire Mishkan Following the Verses in Parashas Terumah

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A Masterpiece on the Mishkan!

"It is virtually impossible to attain an understanding of the true depth [of the Mishkan] without delving into this book." - HaRav Mordechai Gifter, zt "l, commenting on the author s Hebrew sefer, which served as the basis for this book

The Mishkan. It was one of the most glorious structures ever built - the" home "for the Divine Presence, and the central focus of the Jewish nation during their forty-year sojourn in the desert. Yet, despite the fact that every year we review the Torah portions that describe the Mishkan, many of us have a poor understanding of its appearance.

Over twenty years ago, Rabbi Dovid Meyers recognized the significance of studying and clarifying this important portion of the Torah. With the strong encouragement of HaRav HaGaon Rav Mordechai Gifter, zt "l (Rosh HaYeshiva of Telshe), Rabbi Meyers began researching this topic in the original sources. After years of research, he published his Hebrew sefer, Meleches HaMishkan V'Kailav, to much acclaim, and many educators have adopted it as an essential aid in teaching this vast topic.

Now, for the benefit of the English-speaking public, Rabbi Meyers has written The Mishkan Illuminated, based on his original Hebrew sefer.

This groundbreaking work features :

The complete Hebrew text of Parashas Terumah, including Onkelos and Rashi, plus portions from Tetzaveh and Ki Sisa
English translation of the verses
In-depth, yet easy-to-read, explanations of all aspects of the Mishkan and its vessels
Extensive footnotes and supplementary notes, which provide immense detail and clearly explain many differing opinions
Full-color, precisely detailed illustrations that reflect the author's painstaking research
Scholarship based on numerous consultations with Maran HaRav HaGaon Rav Chaim Kanievsky, shlit "a, and other Gedolei Yisrael
An unparalleled way to review the entire Parashas Terumah
About the Author Rabbi Dovid Meyers received his semichah (ordination) from Telshe Yeshiva in Wickliffe, Ohio. He was a member of the Telshe Yeshiva Kollel for eight years, and has been a rebbi in Mosdos Ohr Hatorah of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, for twenty-one years, teaching Parashas Terumah every year to his students.
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The Outcast

The Outcast

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The fifteenth and final volume in the S.Y. Agnon Library, this volume opens with "The Outcast," in a first-time English translation, an affecting novella about the clash within traditional Jewish civilization between Hasidism and its opponents, and how that historic confrontation plays itself out within the heart and mind of one sensitive young man. Ten additional stories paint lyrical portraits of traditional Jewish life in Europe and the Land of Israelworlds on the cusp of seismic shifts and historic transformations. The volume is rounded out with nine nightmarish and surrealistic selections from Agnon's classic Book of Deeds. Miniature masterpieces which caused a complete reevaluation of his art and helped his readers understand how profoundly modern the master of the old-world pietistic stories truly wasa writer of world-class stature, recognized with the Nobel Prize in 1966, Hebrew literature's only laureate.
People of the Book- PB

The People And The Books- PB

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Jews have long embraced their identity as "the people of the book." But outside of the Bible, much of the Jewish literary tradition remains little known to nonspecialist readers. The People and the Books shows how central questions and themes of our history and culture are reflected in the Jewish literary canon: the nature of God, the right way to understand the Bible, the relationship of the Jews to their Promised Land, and the challenges of living as a minority in Diaspora. Adam Kirsch explores eighteen classic texts, including the biblical books of Deuteronomy and Esther, the philosophy of Maimonides, the autobiography of the medieval businesswoman Glückel of Hameln, and the Zionist manifestoes of Theodor Herzl. From the Jews of Roman Egypt to the mystical devotees of Hasidism in Eastern Europe, The People and the Books brings the treasures of Jewish literature to life and offers new ways to think about their enduring power and influence.

The Prince and the Enperors

The Prince and the Emperors

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A biographical account of Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi (Rabbi Judah the Prince), also known as Rebbe, and the human and historical context that shaped the Mishna and Gemara.

Drawing upon both Jewish and Roman sources, it provides a portrait of this important rabbinic sage, as well as insight into the Jewish encounter with Rome.

THE SAGES VOL. 5

THE SAGES VOL. 5

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The Sages brings the world of the Talmud to life, revealing the stories of the people behind its pages. This fascinating multivolume series explores the lives and times of the great Jewish sages (Hazal): their teachers and disciples, their families and professions, the values they cherished and ideologies they opposed, the historical challenges they faced, and the creative wisdom with which they faced them. Highly original and profoundly engaging, The Sages draws readers closer to the world of Hazal while deepening their understanding of our own.

The 5th volume in The Sages series, by Rabbi Binyamin Lau.
The Yeshivot of Babylonia and Israel

The Sages brings the world of the Talmud to life, revealing the stories of the men behind its pages. This fascinating multi-volume series explores the lives and times of great Jewish sages (Hazal)—their teachers and disciples, their families and professions, the values they cherished and ideologies they opposed, the historical challenges they faced and the creative wisdom with which they faced them. Highly original and profoundly engaging, The Sages draws readers closer to the world of Hazal while deepening their understanding of our own. Volume V focuses on the world of the Yeshivot of Babylonia and Israel.

The Talmud (Classics of Western Spirituality)

The Talmud (Classics of Western Spirituality)

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In the first through the sixth centuries of the common era, successive circles of rabbis in the Holy Land and Babylonia developed Rabbinic Judaism. Transforming the biblical Temple-oriented form of Judaism, they shaped a vision of Judaism centered around the piety of following and studying the Torah to achieve a sense of the divine in this world. This piety entailed both an intellectual and emotional dimension that spoke to individuals and that affected the developing synagogues and local communities of Jews. The rabbinic teachings were eventually compiled into the Talmud and Midrash in a manner that perpetuated the piety of study.


These works do not offer clear cut decisions but invite the reader into the text to join in a chorus of voices and alternatives pursuing a discussion on the meaning of the Torah and what the divine demands of men and women in their everyday world. This version of Judaism soon became "classical" and would remain formative until modern times. The present volume provides an introduction to the spirituality of this movement. After reviewing the historical and religious background of the Talmud and how it treats diverse spheres of human life, the volume lets the Talmud speak in its own words. With extensive selections from the Talmud, it enables the reader to enter its world as it addresses the proper way of approaching and experiencing life.

TANNAIM & AMORAIM: GUIDE TO CHACHMEI HATALMUD

The Tannaim & Amoraim: A guide to the Chachmei HaTalmud

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A new window of understanding into the Mishnah and Gemara

This masterful work brings clarity to the study of Shas by providing concise but enlightening biographical portraits of the main Tannaim and Amoraim, with information and guidance for every level of study. It features:

Historical background -- where and when they lived
Biographical data -- who their rebbeim, talmidim, and relatives were
Stories from their lives
Explanatory notes and source references
A helpful index, maps, and glossary
Informative appendices for further study
An essential guide for the study of Shas!

"... a valuable reference for lomdei Torah, which will give much needed context for their studies."
-- Rav Ahron Lopiansky
Rosh HaYeshiva, Yeshiva of Greater Washington

THE WAY IT WAS ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE

THE WAY IT WAS ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE

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What was life like on the Lower East Side?

From 1890 to 1920 millions of Jewish immigrants settled in New York City on the Lower East Side.

They left the poverty and oppression in Europe for a new life in a new land. In this engrossing book, children will learn about the immigrants’ daily lives—the homes they lived in, the foods they ate, the schools they went to, the work they did, and the games they played.

Jewish Life in America on the Lower East Side is part of The Way It Was, a series of fascinating books about everyday Jewish life in American history.

Each volume includes authentic photos and eyewitness accounts, as well as engaging text and design.

"Another great volume in Menucha’s The Way it Was series, Jewish Life in America on the Lower East Side is both engaging and educational. The descriptions of life on the bustling Lower East Side gives readers a real taste of how people lived 100-plus years ago. The pictures of the area, some current and some decades old, make the story pop even more." The Jewish Press 

The Yom Kippur That Never Ended: Yeshiva Students Turned Combat Soldiers In The 1973 Arab-Israeli War

The Yom Kippur That Never Ended: Yeshiva Students Turned Combat Soldiers In The 1973 Arab-Israeli War

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“Is there any other nation that has so much self-sacrifice, generosity, and inner strength? Pride and joy filled my heart...”

Written by a Hesder yeshiva student turned combat soldier in the historic Yom Kippur War, this book is a powerful and moving firsthand account of the experiences of a harrowing war. Filled with emunah, bitachon, love of Klal Yisrael, and genuine closeness to Hashem, The Yom Kippur That Never Ended provides a rare glimpse into the hearts and souls of those young men who went directly from the benches of their beloved beis midrash to the frontlines of battle.

Also included is the remarkable story of the author’s fellow yeshiva student, Avichail Feld, recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, who arrived at the Mezach Outpost and promptly found himself fighting three battles: on the frontlines, in Egyptian captivity, and during his rehabilitation after severe injury.

Timechart Of Jewish Civilization

Timechart Of Jewish Civilization

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A 34-page booklet and a 12-foot illustrated accordion fold pull-out section make up this thorough, and thoroughly entertaining book. This oversized hardcover book makes a beautiful, unique gift, or an informative and valuable addition to any library.

The book consists of three parts. First, the timechart, an accordian-fold diagram, which may be viewed as double-page spreads, as in a conventional book, or unfolded to display as one eleven-foot-long strip. This diagram shows the principal landmarks of Jewish history from the very beginning to the present day. Secondly, on the reverse side of the diagram, readers will find articles on special aspects of Judaism, its history, background, and customs. Thirdly, at the back of the book is an illustrated series of chapters enlarging upon specific stages and certain aspects of Jewish history.

Tiny Dynamo: How one of the world's smallest countries is producing some of our most important inventions

Tiny Dynamo How One of the Smallest Countries Is Producing Some of Our Most Important Inventions Paperback

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"[The author] details fascinating stories about some of Israel's amazing inventions. ... Close behind the USA and Canada in number of startups per capita, Israel is a true incubator of innovation that impacts the lives of people around the world"-- P. [4] of cover.

A fascinating collection of 21 stories detailing Israel's inventions that benefit all of mankind. From desalting the ocean to the tiny PillCam that videos your insides, the Flash Drive to spinal surgery robots, watering the desert with drip irrigation, freezing breast tumors and curing major diseases: Israel is a hotbed of start-ups and idea incubation wildly disproportionate to its tiny size. Read these stories and discover why INC.com called it "A must read for anyone interested in entrepreneurship and technology."

TRIANGLE: THE FIRE THAT CHANGED AMERICA

TRIANGLE: THE FIRE THAT CHANGED AMERICA

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"Sure to become the definitive account of the fire. . . . Triangle is social history at its best, a magnificent portrayal not only of the catastrophe but also of the time and the turbulent city in which it took place." --The New York Times Book Review

Triangle is a poignantly detailed account of the 1911 disaster that horrified the country and changed the course of twentieth-century politics and labor relations. On March 25, 1911, as workers were getting ready to leave for the day, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York's Greenwich Village. Within minutes it spread to consume the building's upper three stories. Firemen who arrived at the scene were unable to rescue those trapped inside: their ladders simply weren't tall enough. People on the street watched in horror as desperate workers jumped to their deaths. The final toll was 146 people--123 of them women. It was the worst disaster in New York City history. Triangle is a vibrant and immensely moving account that Bob Woodward calls, "A riveting history written with flare and precision."

Uncovering Sefer Yirmiyahu

Uncovering Sefer Yirmiyahu: An Archaeological, Geographical, Historical Perspective

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Rabbi Y. Landy'sUncovering Sefer Yirmiyahu is not just another commentary. It raises the reader to a new level of understanding by synchronizing Tanach and Chazal with archaeological evidence and modern scientific research. It enters the ancient world, providing a broader picture of the events that led to the destruction of the First Beis HaMikdash. The author also refers to othersifrei Tanach contemporary to Yirmiyahu HaNavi, and thereby paints a broad political picture. Taken into account is not only the situation in the Kingdom of Yehudah, but also the consequences of the king's decisions, with regard to the neighboring countries.

Printed in full color, this book contains dozens of pictures showing artifacts dating to the days of Yirmiyahu HaNavi, as well as sites that are mentioned in Sefer Yirmiyahu. It also contains recent pictures of historical sites in Iraq, pertaining to the days of the Nevi'im Yirmiyahu and Yechezkel.

Rabbi Landy is an expert in geography and with the aid of cartographer R. Soffer, he has designed new, updated, colorful maps, enabling the reader to understand the topography of the regions referred to in Sefer Yirmiyahu. Study Sefer Yirmiyahu with this book, and you will be able place the events and messages of Sefer Yirmiyahu into historical and geographical context. This will broaden your understanding of Yirmiyahu's prophecies.

Vision and Valor: An Illustrated History of the Talmud

Vision and Valor: An Illustrated History of the Talmud

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In Vision & Valor, Rabbi Berel Wein traces the development of the Talmud, the record of the Oral Law of Sinai as refined, debated, and discussed over four centuries in the great Torah academies of the Land of Israel and Babylonia.This beautifully illustrated, footnoted, oversized volume is a necessity for every Jewish home interested in the soul of Judaism, its rituals, values and practices.
Wandering Jew Has Arrived

Wandering Jew Has Arrived

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In 1929 Albert Londres, a non-Jew and renowned journalist, set out to document the lives of Jews at this time. His travels to England, Eastern Europe and finally Palestine produced the literary masterpiece, "The Wandering Jew has Arrived."

In the East End of London, Londres is moved by the unswerving faith of the Jews. In Eastern Europe he is astounded by the misery and plight he witnesses. The bleak picture is redeemed by his gentle humor, sharp observations and the unforgettable portraits he paints of the exotic individuals he encounters along his way. Londres vividly depicts the birth of Zionism and the wave of pogroms that propelled Jewish immigration to Palestine at the turn of the 20th century. In Palestine, he discovers the new "metamorphosed" Jew, and his succinct, harrowing descriptions of the Arab massacres of the Jews of Hebron and Safed expose an age-old animosity that is still very much alive today.

Presciently, Londres' investigation provides startling insight into how the unthinkable--the Holocaust--could happen, sweeping across Europe barely a decade after the publication of his book. His evocative, passionately and very personally told story transports readers back to a pivotal moment in history and offers an invaluable perspective on Jewish life in the early twentieth century, on the nascent days of the State of Israel, and on the ongoing strife that has engulfed the region ever since. The Wandering Jew Has Arrived is as relevant today as when first penned.

With Might and Strength

With Might and Strength

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Even during his lifetime, Rabbi Shlomo Goren (19171994) stood as an exemplar of rabbinic leadership, a gadol renowned for his wisdom and courage, responsibility and dedication. The young boy from Poland who grew up tilling the land of newfound Israeli villages, enlisted in the Jewish underground, and fought in the War of Independence, rose to become the first chief rabbi of the IDF and, later, the State of Israel. Drawing on his exceptional Torah knowledge, Rabbi Goren confronted the halakhic challenges of sovereignty, molding the character of the Jewish military and state. Based on a first-person account recorded in the final years of his life, With Might and Strength tells the story of a legendary chief rabbi and halakhic decisor, a leader who left his indelible imprint on twentieth-century halakha and the modern State of Israel.
Woman Who Fought an Empire: Sarah Aaronsohn and Her Nili Spy Ring

Woman Who Fought an Empire: Sarah Aaronsohn and Her Nili Spy Ring

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Though she lived only to twenty-seven, Sarah Aaronsohn led a remarkable life. The Woman Who Fought an Empire tells the improbable but true odyssey of a bold young woman--the daughter of Romanian-born Jewish settlers in Palestine--who became the daring leader of a Middle East spy ring.

Following the outbreak of World War I, Sarah learned that her brother Aaron had formed Nili, an anti-Turkish spy ring, to aid the British in their war against the Ottomans. Sarah, who had witnessed the atrocities of the Armenian genocide by the Turks, believed that only the defeat of the Ottoman Empire could save the Palestinian Jews from a similar fate. Sarah joined Nili, eventually rising to become the organization's leader. Operating behind enemy lines, she and her spies furnished vital information to British intelligence in Cairo about the Turkish military forces until she was caught and tortured by the Turks in the fall of 1917. To protect her secrets, Sarah got hold of a gun and shot herself. The Woman Who Fought an Empire, set at the birth of the modern Middle East, rebukes the Hollywood stereotype of women spies as femme fatales and is both an espionage thriller and a Joan of Arc tale.