Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Staying informed on Israel (and other Jewish news)

Due to the recent spike of violence in Jerusalem, tomorrow I will participate in a conference call with Nir Birkat, the mayor of Jerusalem. Friday night, I’ll share information about the situation and from the phone conference.

Coverage of Israel in American news outlets is generally spotty and often ignores big picture. Its difficult for any culture to see through a the lens of different  is countries , and histories. It is  important for us to stay current. If we want to know what's happening, it's important to go to Israeli (English language ) sites. To that end, I have a list of websites. I'll also provide some book recommendations which I am donating to the synagogue library.

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1. Doomed to Succeed: the U.S. Relationship from Truman to Obama by Dennis Ross
2. My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit
3. Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel's Soul by Daniel Gordis
4. Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel by Anita Shapira
5. Thirteen Days in September: The Dramatic Struggle for Peace by Lawrence Wright (the story of the Israel-Egypt peace accord)
6. Standing With Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State by David Brog
7. Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jeusalem and Divided a Nation by Yossi Klein Halevi
8. Son of Hamas: A Grripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices by Mosab Hassan Yousef with Ron Brackin
9. The Hope: American Jewish Voices in Support of Israel Edited by Rabbi Menachem Creditor
10. Winning the Long War: Retaking the Offensive Against Radical Islam by Ilan Berman

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