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  • State of the Heart

    David Kramer

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    In State of the Heart, David Kramer takes us on a journey of Israel's humanitarian efforts that began more than 70 years ago and continues unabated throughout the world today.
    In this extraordinary and inspiring collection of over 50 stories, personal interviews, and photographs, David describes the benevolence and altruism that characterizes the nation of Israel. He engages the reader with narratives that identify and provide a glimpse into the compassionate soul of the Israeli people. 
    Featured in these accounts are descriptions of life-saving technology and innovation, helping the disabled and teens at risk, managing food collection and distribution programs for the disadvantaged, immigrant absorption and elder care, infertility programs, women's empowerment and human rights, rescuing victims in the aftermath of natural disasters worldwide, developing and providing life-saving solutions to those in developing nations, cleaning up and protecting the environment, and so much more. 
    State of the Heart captures the unique level of concern, care and uncompromising sense of mission, undertaken by Israelis, within Israel and around the globe.
     
    About the Author
    David Kramer is an educator, author and social entrepreneur. He has spent the past ten years helping Israeli and global non-profit organizations tell their story through a social start-up he founded in Israel. David spends much of his time meeting with tour groups in Israel, connecting them to the reality of life in Israel. He served in the Israeli army and lives in Jerusalem with his wife Tova and their five children. 
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  • Walking the Exodus

    Margaret Malka Rawicz

    Leading biblical scholars and archaeologists have argued for decades about the actual route of the biblical Exodus from Egypt. Join Rawicz as she follows the route that Moses and the Israelites took as they fled Egypt three and a half millennia ago. Margaret Malka Rawicz treks through treacherous deserts and terrain with her Bedouin guides, in order to rediscover and identify the sites of the first fifteen known Israelite encampments. She then explores another eighteen encampments in Eastern Sinai, along the Israeli/Sinai border and in the Negev Desert, and the final nine in Jordan. 
    Including photographs and personal stories, Walking the Exodus is not only one individual's discovery, but also a personal and spiritual transformation of one's life. 
     
     

    About the Author

    Margaret Malka Rawicz has developed and refined lectures on the Exodus for many years after extensively traveling through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Southern Africa, North and South America, Eastern Europe, Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Antarctica. As an environmental management consultant, she has received numerous awards on groundbreaking national work. Rawicz has delivered many presentations on the Exodus, and her extensive trip through the Sinai desert has been adapted into a TV documentary, Forty Years to Freedom. She acknowledges the support of her late husband during all this time.  
     
    Margaret Rawicz can arrange trips to take people on tours of the Exodus route. If you are interested in going on a tour, please visit www.WalkingTheExodus.co.za to register. To arrange visual presentations and lectures, please contact the author at margaraw@netactive.co.za.
     
     

    Praise for Walking the Exodus

    “When, in one individual, an intrepid spirit meets an insatiable appetite for discovery, some delightful odyssey is bound to be the outcome. Malka (Margaret) Rawicz has pioneered creative ways of discovering and presenting facets of Torah that would daunt other students and seasoned educators. She also has a knack for blithely embarking on jaw-dropping journeys, from the African bush to the Antarctic. In this book, which reads like a cross between a camel-back adventure story and a piece of meticulous research, the author shares with the reader both these fascinating facets of herself. It is particularly refreshing that the research takes the biblical account of the Exodus and the subsequent journeys of the Israelites at its word. It seeks to verify that account by geographical, physical, and linguistic evidence.”
    – Rabbi Levy Wineberg
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  • American Interests in the Holyland Revealed in Early Photographs

    Lenny Ben-David

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    American Interests in the Holy Land provides a unique and visual history of the American fascination and dedication to a Jewish national home.

    Jewish life in the Holy Land reawakened during the 19th century, but photographs from this period are scarce. Collecting images from the archives of the Library of Congress, the Ottoman Imperial Archives, the NY Public Library, university and church libraries worldwide, and family albums, Lenny Ben-David provides a unique visual history of the American fascination and dedication to a Jewish national home in the Holy Land. Short photo essays include details such as why Lincoln wanted to visit Jerusalem, how the U.S. Navy saved the Jews of Palestine in 1915, why the Chief Rabbi of Palestine visited the White House in 1924, where Mark Twain stayed in Jerusalem, and much more.


    About the Author

    Lenny Ben-David has been involved in the study and enhancement of U.S.-Israel relations for more than 40 years. He served as director of AIPAC’s Israel office (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee) for 15 years, and is the author of Myths and Facts. Ben-David was the Deputy Chief of Mission in Israel’s Embassy in Washington, D.C., for three years, and consulted for foreign governments and corporations. He has published scores of articles in National Review, The Cutting Edge, Weekly Standard, Ha’aretz, Jerusalem Post, JCPA publications, Near East Report, and NY Jewish Week, on topics including Israeli defense, American Jewish politics, and terrorism. Ben-David is Director of Publications at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and publisher of www.israeldailypicture.com, a site dedicated to photo essays on the Holy Land.


    CONTENTS

    Introduction
    Antique Photographs: Silent Witnesses Speak Volumes
    Acknowledgments
    1 Two Shining Cities Built on a Hill
    2 American “Manifest Destiny” in the Holy Land in 1847
    3 The Secret Identity of American Preacher Mendenhall John Dennis (AKA Mendel Diness of Jerusalem)
    4 What Lincoln Would Have Seen in Jerusalem
    5 The Humbugged American Colony in Jaffa
    6 Mark Twain in the Holy Land in 1867 with the “Innocents Abroad”
    7 Why is an American Flag on this “Vehicle”?
    8 Ulysses S. Grant’s Very Long Voyage to the Holy Land
    9 Can’t Sail to the Holy Land – Visit Chautauqua
    10 The American Welcoming Committee for Yemenite Jewish Pilgrims to Jerusalem 130 Years Ago
    11 Bringing the Holy Land to America, Together with Mark Twain’s Guide
    12 Madam Lydia, Diva of the Holy Land
    13 Theodore Roosevelt and the Holy Land – “Bully for You!”
    14 Celebrating July 4th in the Holy Land 100 Years Ago
    15 Waters of the Jordan Flowed to Kentucky in 1906 and Muddied an Anti-Semitic U.S. Diplomat’s Reputation
    16 Why an American Flag Flew on a Jerusalem Steamroller 100 Years Ago
    17 Americans and Canadians Join the War to Liberate Palestine in 1917
    18 Getting to Know the Jewish Legionnaires from 100 Years Ago: David Blick of Brooklyn and Leon Cheifetz of Montreal
    19 The U.S. Navy Saved the Jews of the Holy Land 100 Years Ago
    20 U.S. Diplomat Saved Jews in 1915 but Opposed the Zionist Idea in 1920
    21 Chief Rabbi of Palestine Goes to the White House, 1924
    22 Americans Were Outraged by the 1929 Hebron Pogrom and a U.S. Diplomat’s Anti-Semitic Reaction
    23 U.S. Congressional Support – before the Holocaust and Israel’s Formation
    24 Bonus – Bobby Kennedy’s 1948 Visit to the Palestine Front Lines
    25 Preview: World War I in the Holy Land Revealed in Early Photographs from 1914 to 1919
    Photograph Caption Endnotes

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  • Deep in the Heart

    Rabbi Zeev Karov

    What makes a newlywed groom leave his wife just a few hours after their wedding to join a bloody battle in Gaza and fulfill the famous saying, “Even a groom out of the bridal suite [shall go fight for the Jewish nation]”? How does the most critically injured soldier of the Gaza war come back to life and eventually run a full marathon? How does a young IDF lieutenant change the entire face of Israeli society not once, but three times? These questions and others are explored in this inspirational and stirring story. This book is about an officer leaving his bridal suite in order to fight for his nation. It is about a young man who refuses to see the cup as anything but half full, and truly lives his life by the principle of “one for all.” It is the heartwarming story of a nation that rises to a very difficult occasion with grace and extraordinary solidarity, and about an individual who enthusiastically and selflessly jumps into the fray with absolutely no personal benefit. This is also the story of a noted Rabbi, scholar, and Yeshiva leader who proudly gains his most meaningful title, that of “Aharon’s father.” Rabbi Zeev Karov’s impactful words, driven by his unique point of view, value system, and insights, make this an amazing personal narrative of how a sensitive and special man experienced a nation’s public miracle. Aharon Karov burst into the Israeli national awareness three times, once when leaving his bridal suite to join the Gaza war, a second time when he was critically injured, and had an entire nation praying for him, and the third when he became involved with Panim el Panim, a unique program in the IDF designed to help hundreds of commanders and thousands of soldiers connect with their Jewish identity and eternal Torah. At its core, Deep in the Heart by Rabbi Zeev Karov, is about hope.It is about the faith that has kept the Jewish people alive through 2,000 years of exile, and that continues to this very day Learn More
  • A History of Zionism

    Jack Tauber

    Jack Tauber was the personal secretary to Ze'ev Jabotinsky, leader of the Revisionist Zionist movement. In this book he gives a personal account of the struggle for a Jewish state. Learn More
  • Jewish Identity in Modern Israel

    Naftali Rothenberg and Eliezer Schweid

    A collection of articles based upon conferences of the Framework for Contemporary Jewish Thought and Identity at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. Jewish and Arab contributors, including authors, educators, MK’s and Rabbis, address such subjects as Being an Arab Citizen in a Jewish Democratic State, Teaching Judaism to Secular Jews, Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State, and Integration of State Law and Halakha. Learn More
  • Lone Soldiers

    Herb Keinon

    They pick up and leave family, friends, home, cars, first-tier universities, and often top jobs for a land in which, in most cases, they don't have relatives, and are unfamiliar with the language, culture, food, and mentality. Once there, they choose one of the harshest, most difficult frameworks possible in which to immerse themselves: the army. They are Israel's lone soldiers.

    Lone Soldiers: Israel's Defenders from Around the World tells a tale, engagingly written by Jerusalem Post diplomatic correspondent Herb Keinon, with accompanying pictures by noted photographer Ricki Rosen. This book tells the personal stories of fourteen of these volunteer lone soldiers - including one, Michael Levin, who fell in the Second Lebanon War - and of an ''old school'' kibbutznik, Lt.-Col. (res.) Tzvika Levy, known as the ''father of the lone soldiers,'' whose life mission is to take them under his wing and make their landing in Israel and the IDF as painless as possible. Their stories are living proof of Israel's enduring strength and Zionism's vibrant appeal.

    About the Author 

    Herb Keinon is a veteran reporter for The Jerusalem Post. Keinon has lived in Israel since 1981, spending most of those years writing on a wide array of topics for the newspaper. For the last nine years he has been the Post's diplomatic correspondent. Originally from Denver, Keinon lives with his wife and four children in Ma'ale Adumim. 

    About the Photographer

    Ricki Rosen has worked as a photojournalist for over twenty-five years, and her photographs have been published in such major publications as Time Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, People, Paris Match, and Le Figaro. She recently published a photographic book, Transformations - From Ethiopia to Israel, featuring portraits of Ethiopian Jews during the 1991 Operation Solomon rescue mission and then the same people transformed after fifteen tears in Israel. Rosen lives in Jerusalem with her husband and two children.


    Praise for Lone Soldiers

    "At a time when criticism of Israel, from within and from without, seems commonplace, it is refreshing and inspiring to read Herb Keinon's ''Lone Soldiers: Israel's Defenders from Around the World,'' a story about so much that is good and unique about Israel.... This book reminds us that the IDF is the institution that brings Israelis together, that it is the glue that keeps an ideologically diverse society whole, and is the vehicle to bring outsiders, whether foreigners or natives, to becoming full Israelis. Lone Soldiers is one more reason to be thankful for Israel, thankful for the IDF, and thankful for people like Tzvika Levy who make sure that the lone soldier is not alone."
    -Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League
    "This special book, written by Herb Keinon, tells the wonderful tale of fourteen lone soldiers in the Israeli Defense Forces and the heart-warming story of a unique man, Tzvika Levy,... who is known as the ''father of the lone soldiers.''... The importance and contribution of the lone soldiers to the State of Israel and the IDF is immeasurable.... The personal example shown by the lone soldiers, who come from afar and volunteer to serve of their own free will out of pure Zionist ideas, is an educational value of the first degree.... Herb Keinon's book is a testimony to the love of Israel and to the unity and cooperation between Jews in Israel and the Diaspora."
    -Ehud Barak, Defense Minister and former Prime Minister in the foreword to Lone Soldiers: Israel's Defenders from Around the World
    "This book that tells the story of the Lone Soldiers, and relates the personal story of Tzvika Levy, is a source of inspiration for anyone with a beating Zionist heart."
    -Moshe Ya'alon, Strategic Afairs Minister and former IDF Chief of General Staff
    "The Israeli Defense Force is the heart and soul of Israeli life. It is in the core of our values and the foundation of our culture.... The lone soldiers are unique individuals who, despite their unusual personal status, give and contribute to the IDF wholeheartedly. The IDF and the State of Israel need to show their gratitude for these wonderful youngsters.... Let this book be a tribute to the vast contribution of the lone soldiers to the Israeli army and our nation."
    -Shaul Mofaz, former IDF Chief of General Staff and former Defense Minister
    Fierce determination
    This appealing volume presents the stories of 14 individuals who chose to join the IDF, leaving families in the US, Canada, England, Morocco, Russia, Ethiopia, Australia, Belgium, Argentina and the Dominican Republic.
    Jerusalem Post journalist Herb Keinon steers gently through the interviews, allowing the young soldiers' voices to be fully heard. Each story is engaging, enhanced by Jerusalem photographer Ricki Rosen's camera work.
    Keinon's portraits reveal a wide array of motivations to join the Israeli army, which one can assume are shared by the approximately 4,000 other lone soldiers from foreign countries.
    Michael Botham came to Israel from London in 2006 simply because the air fare was cheap. After 10 months of odd jobs, such as tossing tomato slices onto sandwiches on a kibbutz assembly line, he missed England enough to go back - only to find he missed Israel more. He returned in 2007 and now is in the Golani Brigade.
    At the other end of the spectrum is Michael Levin, one of 119 soldiers killed in the Second Lebanon War. Piecing together Levin's story from interviews with his father, Mark, and with a teacher at the Israeli high school program Levin attended in 2001, Keinon portrays the young man's fierce determination to fight for Israel.
    Lacking a draft notice, Levin showed up at the Tel Aviv induction center and discovered he could not get through the front door without one. So he climbed in through a side window, reportedly prompting an impressed officer to comment, "You know how many people I deal with who do everything to get out of here? You are the first person I've ever dealt with who broke in to get into the army." Levin's paperwork was soon arranged.

    Several interviewees are the children of Israeli expatriates who were not keen on their kids' decision to enlist.
    Yaniv, a counterterrorism specialist born in Israel and reared in Toronto, lived intermittently in Israel during his 20s. But in part because of his father's "over my dead body" objection, it wasn't until 30 that he took the step of coming back for good and lending his expertise to a special forces unit.
    Anat Lev, on the other hand, came to the land of her father's birth with her parents' blessing. Growing up in Santo Domingo, she had never met her close Israeli relatives. Her dad encouraged her to try Israel after high school.
    "I wasn't sure what I would do there, but my father said it was a developed country with good study opportunities," relates Lev, who made aliya when she arrived. The draft notice she received 10 months later took her by surprise, as did combat service that was not at all the G.I. Jane experience she had anticipated.
    "I really didn't know anything," Lev relates. "I saw movies, and that's what I thought it would be like."
    All of those interviewed stuck it out and seem to harbor no regrets. Still, integration problems such as language and cultural difficulties, on top of parental pressure, send a little less than half of lone soldiers packing for their native countries after discharge.
    "I always say that if I could get my family to live here, it would solve all my problems," Australian Ben Froumine tells Keinon, "but I don't know if that is going to happen." For now, he plans on returning to Melbourne when his army stint is over.
    Lt.-Col. (res.) Tzvika Levy, coordinator of the Kibbutz Movement's Lone Soldier Program since 1995, endeavors to ease the transition for his 750 official charges - and hundreds more not within the kibbutz framework. Keinon opens the book with a profile of Levy, "a veritable Wailing Wall for any lone soldier who needs help or intervention," as well as for their parents abroad.
    Keinon reports that 35 percent of lone soldiers are female, one-third are religious, and 60% serve in combat units. This last statistic is noteworthy, given that at least 80% of soldiers typically fill noncombat jobnik positions.

    Aiala Jinkis of Argentina pined to be an infantry instructor, but instead is a company clerk planning cultural programs and sorting mail for a 200-man infantry unit.
    "I am with soldiers all the time," she tells Keinon. "I am part of their unit, even though I don't carry a gun or go with them on their operations."

    Whether or not they carry a rifle or end up staying in Israel forever, each soldier's story testifies to the strength of Zionism. As Defense Minister Ehud Barak notes in his introduction, lone soldiers "have proven to themselves and us that Zionism is not an archaic concept, but rather a living and beating ideal that calls - as in the past - to youth to rally around."
    -Abigail Klein
    Jerusalem Post
    Herb Keinon, a Denver native who made aliyah in 1981 and has since written for the Jerusalem Post, spent two years conducting research for his new book "Lone Soldiers: Israel's Defenders from Around the World," which profiles 14 lone soldiers from around the world.
    Keinon spoke Nov. 5 at Congregation Emek Beracha in Palo Alto as part of a two-week North American speaking tour.
    He spoke to j. reporter Stacey Palevsky by phone from his hotel in Phoenix.
    Q. Did you serve in the army?
    A. Yes, I did serve in the IDF, but in a different framework. I came to Israel when I was 26 and married. So I did four months of training and became a combat medic. Then I did 15 years in the reserves.
    Q. How did working on this book affect how you think about life in Israel?
    A. It gives you a degree of hope and pride in the country and resilience of the country. What you read about a lot are the kids who don't go into the army, who say they can't serve in the territories " that grabs a lot of headlines. Then you see stories like this. I think It's an important counterbalance.
    Q. Did any of the soldiers you profiled consider serving in their home country's military?
    A. One American kid gave it a thought, but figured he might as well serve in a Jewish army. A kid from Belgium also considered serving in the Belgian army for a minute, but if he was going to do it, he thought he might as well do it for Israel. It's interesting because he was living in Belgium but still felt more of a connection to Israel. It comes down to your service and what you can contribute, which is more in Israel than perhaps other armies. Israel is a small army, and you see your impact, you feel your impact.
    Q. After people finish reading your book, what do you want them to think about in the days following?
    A. Just that the phenomena exists. I'm not sure It's something that's widely recognized. You have kids from all over world who get up, who leave mostly a very comfortable environment, who don't go on the regular track of college and instead go into a very difficult situation That indicates the degree to which Zionism still has a pull for a lot of people.
    Q. Will this book be published in Hebrew?
    A. Yes, the idea or hope is that the army will translate it and publish it and distribute it to lone soldiers.
    Q. What do you think Israelis will think about the stories in this book?
    A. For Israelis, I think It's also important to see this type of phenomena as well. They're bombarded by stories of people who don't want to go to into the army and how diaspora Jewry is not interested anymore. This shows another side I found these stories inspirational and uplifting. I would hope Israelis think the same, and see that we've got something going on here.
    -Stacey Palevsky
    J Weekly (SF)

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  • For the Love of Israel and the Jewish People: Essays and Studies on Israel, Jews, and Judaism

    Nathan Lopes Cardozo

    The Land of Israel and the Jewish people are bound together in mysterious ways that go beyond convention. Here is a nation that has “too much history and too little geography,” as Sir Isaiah Berlin said. Yet even in their exile, the Jews never truly left the land of their birth. Rather, they lifted it from its native soil and transformed it into a portable homeland, taking it with them to all corners of the earth.

    Only in 1948 after nearly two thousand years did the Jewish people return to its original home. How is it that contrary to all the laws of history, the Jewish people outlived so many powerful empires? How was this tiny nation able to make an unprecedented contribution to the wellbeing of all of humankind? Why did the Jewish people become a source of endless irritation to those who opposed its ethical teachings? Finally, how can the State of Israel rediscover its Jewish identity as the source of its greatest blessing and hope? Nathan Lopes Cardozo addresses these and other questions throughout this remarkable collection of essays. 


    About the Author

    Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo is a world-renowned thinker, lecturer and ambassador for Judaism and the Jewish people. He is known for his original insights into how Judaism can rejuvenate itself, showing new paths to its authentic expression. Rabbi Lopes Cardozo’s writings are read by laymen, members of the clergy and academicians throughout the Jewish and non-Jewish world. He is a sought-after lecturer on Judaism and Israel at numerous institutions of higher academic learning, including Jewish study programs at leading universities, religious academies and rabbinical colleges. He is also the founder and Dean of the David Cardozo Academy, the Aron and Betsy Spijer Institute (also called the Beth Midrash of Avraham Avinu), which is dedicated to recapturing the ideological foundations of Judaism. The Institute is a think tank where rabbis, educators and professors under Rabbi Cardozo’s guidance try to lay the foundations of a new approach to Judaism based on the classical sources. It is also dedicated to educating a new generation of rabbis, teachers and Jewish thinkers based on this philosophy. 

    The author of many books on Judaism, Rabbi Lopes Cardozo writes and distributes via e-mail a weekly column, “Thoughts to Ponder,” which also appears on his website, www.cardozoschool.org. Educated in Amsterdam, he received his rabbinical degree from Gateshead Talmudical College, studied at Yeshivat Mir in Jerusalem, and holds a doctorate in philosophy. Rabbi Cardozo is a distinguished member of the Portuguese and Spanish Jewish community and lives with his wife, children and grandchildren in Jerusalem. 

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  • Contested Holiness

    Rivka Gonen

    The issue of sovereignty over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, revered by Jews, Muslims, and Christians epitomizes the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The book aims to familiarize the general reader with the complex nature of this unique site, its long history, the present state of affairs, and the various proposals made in recent years to resolve the conflict. Learn More

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