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.
Over the last quarter century, a radical demographic, economic and political transformation has been taking place from within Israel. Israelis are beginning to ask some fundamental questions about the country they live in and what it means to be an Israeli. This book, written by five Israeli academics, probes the changing nature of Israeli society over the last twenty-five years. It considers the deep rifts in that society caused by ethnic, cultural, class and religious divide. It looks at political and economic changes and how privatization has undermined the welfare state. It questions the role of the military in the light of the wider social and economic changes. Finally, and crucially, it asks whether new political initiatives can offer a realistic alternative to the inadequacies of recent governments. This is an informative account of Israel´s recent past and the challenges it faces in the twenty-first century.
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.