Israel´s Prophets and Israel´s Past:Essays on the Relationship of Prophetic Texts and Israelite History in Honor of John H. Hayes
Winner of the Jewish Book of the Year Award The first comprehensive yet accessible history of the state of Israel from its inception to present day, from Daniel Gordis, ´´one of the most respected Israel analysts´´ (The Forward) living and writing in Jerusalem. Israel is a tiny state, and yet it has captured the world´s attention, aroused its imagination, and lately, been the object of its opprobrium. Why does such a small country speak to so many global concerns? More pressingly: Why does Israel make the decisions it does? And what lies in its future? We cannot answer these questions until we understand Israel´s people and the questions and conflicts, the hopes and desires, that have animated their conversations and actions. Though Israel´s history is rife with conflict, these conflicts do not fully communicate the spirit of Israel and its people: they give short shrift to the dream that gave birth to the state, and to the vision for the Jewish people that was at its core. Guiding us through the milestones of Israeli history, Gordis relays the drama of the Jewish people´s story and the creation of the state. Clear-eyed and erudite, he illustrates how Israel became a cultural, economic and military powerhouse-but also explains where Israel made grave mistakes and traces the long history of Israel´s deepening isolation. With Israel, public intellectual Daniel Gordis offers us a brief but thorough account of the cultural, economic, and political history of this complex nation, from its beginnings to the present. Accessible, levelheaded, and rigorous, Israel sheds light on the Israel´s past so we can understand its future. The result is a vivid portrait of a people, and a nation, reborn.
Sport, Politics and Society in the Land of Israel:Past and Present
Die für Israel, Jordanien und den Libanon typische Levante-Küche ist in aller Munde. Eine ihrer wichtigsten Komponenten: Hummus. Die aromatische Paste aus Kichererbsen, Tahini, Knoblauch und Gewürzen ist vielseitig einsetzbar. Hummuspaste passt pur zu geröstetem Fladenbrot oder Gemüsesticks, lässt sich in jede Mezze-Platte integrieren und bildet eine cremige Beilage für orientalische Wraps.
When discussing Israel and its long history of conflict, the emotions are so charged and for many the stakes are so high that even engaging in a simple conversation about the subject can be like running a marathon of endlessly heated ideas and never-ending historical perspectives. In telling this story, I am not interested in taking any side. I just want to tell the story of how one small nation and a small group of people have had the tenacity and courage to defy the odds and preserve an ancient culture that has become the epicenter of not just conflict but religion, philosophy and human society as a whole. Because Israel has contributed so much to all of us, what was once just an Israelite culture has grown to become what is by and large an inherited world culture. As the scriptures promised to Abraham, ´´I will make your descendants countless as the dust of the earth; if anyone could count the dust upon the ground, then he could count your descendants.´´ I believe that this scripture does hold true. Because the whole earth has indeed benefited and been greatly influenced from the powerful traditions and thought that have reverberated from Israel throughout history. Since the days of the Covenant that was made with Abraham in the desert, we have all become great inheritors of this tradition. With an inheritance that is as countless as the dust of the earth. Many great and wonderful things have come out of Israel and its people and the world would just not be the same without it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Trevor Clinger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039616/bk_acx0_039616_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.