The Israel lobby exerts incredible power and influence over America. Some identify only one organization, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), as ´´the lobby” citing its influence on Capitol Hill. This is wrong. Many interconnected organizations channel their power and influence through AIPAC in Congress. Hundreds more ´´mini-AIPAC´´s coordinate with AIPAC and their own national office to lobby state legislatures to pass model legislation and spending authorizations benefiting Israel - without publicly disclosing most of their lobbying activities. Others operate quietly, policing what is allowed to appear in mainstream news media and channeling ´´hush money” to civil rights organizations to keep them out of grassroots pro-Palestinian movements. Coordinated, effective, and highly averse to public scrutiny, the Israel Affinity Organizations that make up the lobby have transformed America. While some informed voters know the US provides more foreign aid to Israel than any other country, the total flow of charitable, tax dollar, military aid, intelligence, and ´´opportunity cost” are unknown to those footing the bill - and the lobby is determined to keep it that way. Yet storm clouds are gathering over Israel’s lobby. Public opinion polls asking the right questions indicate Americans are nowhere near as approving of unconditional support as many Israel lobbyists insist. Most American Jews have nothing to do with Israel lobbying organizations. More important, broad and deep societal changes, along with the technology-driven rise of alternative and social media, are transforming large numbers of Americans from mostly unaware supporters into informed and active dissenters. Big Israel is a comprehensive, historical, data-driven analysis of how the Israel lobby exerts influence across the United States. Based on a detailed review of more than 4,000 nonprofit organi 1. Language: English. Narrator: Grant F. Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/108341/bk_acx0_108341_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Israel Zangwill was born in London on 21st January 1864, to a family of Jewish immigrants from the Russian Empire.Zangwill was initially educated in Plymouth and Bristol. At age nine he was enrolled in the Jews´ Free School in Spitalfields in east London. Zangwill excelled here. He began to teach part time at the school and eventually full time. Whilst teaching he also studied with the University of London and by 1884 had earned his BA with triple honours in philosophy, history, and the sciences.His writing earned him the sobriquet ‘the Dickens of the Ghetto’ primarily based on his much-lauded novel Children of the Ghetto: A Study of a Peculiar People in 1892 and its glimpse of the poverty-stricken life in London´s Jewish quarter.As a writer he was keen to reflect on his political and social outlooks. His simulation of Yiddish sentence structure in English aroused great interest. His mystery work, The Big Bow Mystery (1892), was the first locked-room mystery novel.Zangwill was also involved with narrowly focused Jewish issues as an assimilationist, an early Zionist, and later a territorialist. In the early 1890s he joined the Lovers of Zion movement in England. In 1897 he joined Theodor Herzl (considered the father of modern political Zionism) in founding the World Zionist Organization.Zangwill quit the established philosophy of Zionism when his plan for a homeland in Uganda was rejected and founded his own organisation: the Jewish Territorialist Organization. Its stated goal was to create a Jewish homeland in whatever territory in the world could be found for them. Amongst the challenges in his life he found time to write poetry. He had translated a medieval Jewish poet in 1903, and his volume Blind Children in 1908 was well received.The Melting Pot in 1909 made Zangwill’s name as an admired playwright. When the play opened in Washington, DC, former president Theodore Roosevelt 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ghizela Rowe, Jake Urry, Gideon Wagner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/copy/001231/bk_copy_001231_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Book of Numbers emphasizes the divine value of human life; and, therefore, requires responsibility and accountability. This is best explained by the numbering and the numbering again of the children of Israel, and its emphasis on social justice, as seen in the allotment of the promised inheritance to each family of Israel. The land allotment was not only remarkable in meeting the material needs of each family, but also by setting the universal norm of social justice, by providing for the outcasts of society as revealed by the cities of refuge. Equally, the Book of Numbers complements the Books of Exodus and Leviticus, by designating the offerings of atonement to specific times and memorials, and by calling the priesthood to purification. This is the palpable evidence that, like the books of Exodus and Leviticus, Numbers declares the divine message of holiness. There is no such thing as a choice of escape from holiness; it is the only means of securing a place in God´s eternal kingdom. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Utley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/071929/bk_acx0_071929_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Part travel journal but mostly spiritual guide, Finding Jesus in Israel takes an unvarnished look at the Holy Land with an off-the-bus peek into the people and places that make Israel such an amazing destination. We are shaped and transformed by the oceans we sail, the deserts, mountains, and valleys we wander, and the people we meet along the way. And as any traveler worth his salt knows, the real trip happens within. Most Israel books are presented with a political, theological, or social agenda. Some are simply tourist guidebooks. Finding Jesus in Israel isn´t driven by agenda but rather it is a traveler´s journey - a book for travel veterans, people with wanderlust, or individuals who just love a good story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lyle Blaker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/003675/bk_hove_003675_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hezbollah is the most powerful Islamist group operating in the Middle East today, and no other Western journalist has penetrated as deeply inside this secretive organization as Nicholas Blanford. Now Blanford has written the first comprehensive inside account of Hezbollah and its enduring struggle against Israel. Based on more than a decade and a half of reporting in Lebanon and conversations with Hezbollah’s determined fighters, Blanford reveals their ideology, motivations, and training, as well as new information on military tactics, weapons, and sophisticated electronic warfare and communications systems. Using exclusive sources and his own dogged investigative skills, Blanford traces Hezbollah’s extraordinary evolution - from a zealous group of raw fighters motivated by Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution into the most formidable non-state military organization in the world, whose charismatic leader vows to hasten Israel’s destruction. With dramatic eyewitness accounts, including Blanford’s own experiences of the battles, massacres, triumphs, and tragedies that have marked the conflict, the story follows the increasingly successful campaign of resistance that led to Israel’s historic withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000. Warriors of God shows how Hezbollah won hearts and minds with exhaustive social welfare programs and sophisticated propaganda skills. Blanford traces the group’s secret military build-up since 2000 and reveals the stunning scope of its underground network of tunnels and bunkers, becoming the only journalist to independently discover and explore them. With the Middle East fearful of another, even more destructive war between Lebanon and Israel, Blanford tenaciously pursues Hezbollah’s post-2006 battle plans in the Lebanese mountains, earning him newspaper scoops as well as a terrifying interrogation and a night in jail. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rob Shapiro. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002819/bk_rand_002819_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue:COMMENT´´Walking the Walk´´, by Hendrik Hertzberg: President Obama and liberalism’s return.THE TALK OF THE TOWN´´Live from Gaza´´, by Rebecca Mead: Live-tweeting a war.THE FINANCIAL PAGE´´Requiem for a Dreamliner?´´, by James Surowiecki: Boeing’s mess.PROFILES´´The Operator´´, by Michael Specter: The trouble with Dr Oz.OUR LOCAL CORRESPONDENTS´´Life at the Top´´, by Adam Higginbotham: High-rise window washing.THE CURRENT CINEMA´´The Evil That Men Do´´, by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Caesar Must Die and The Last Stand. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/130130/pe_nyer_130130_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What should a Christian say when confronted with today´s burning political questions? How can a person of faith use the Bible as a resource when navigating controversial cultures issues? Skyline Church pastor James L. Garlow presents Well Versed, the ultimate Scripture-based guide for Christians looking for answers, reassurance, and resources on the issues of today. Topics include Israel, social justice, sexual identity, debt, taxes, abortion, bioethics, the role of government, war, Islam, entertainment, and more. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James L. Garlow. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/001835/bk_hove_001835_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Martin Buber’s I and Thou has long been acclaimed as a classic. Many prominent writers have acknowledged its influence on their work; students of intellectual history consider it a landmark; and the generation born after World War II considers Buber one of its prophets. Buber’s main proposition is that we may address existence in two ways: (1) that of the ´´I” toward an ´´It,” toward an object that is separate in itself, which we either use or experience; (2) that of the ´´I” toward ´´Thou,” in which we move into existence in a relationship without bounds. One of the major themes of the book is that human life finds its meaningfulness in relationships. All of our relationships, Buber contends, bring us ultimately into relationship with God, who is the Eternal Thou. The need for a new English translation had been felt for many years. The old version was marred by many inaccuracies and misunderstandings, and its recurrent use of the archaic ´´thou” was seriously misleading. Professor Walter Kaufmann, a distinguished writer and philosopher in his own right who was close to Buber, retranslated the work at the request of Buber’s family. He added a wealth of informative footnotes to clarify obscurities and bring the reader closer to the original and wrote an extensive prologue that opened up new perspectives on the book and on Buber’s thought. This volume provided a new basis for all subsequent discussions of Buber. Martin Buber (1878–1965) was a Jewish philosopher, theologian, Bible translator, and editor of Hasidic tradition. He was also known as one of the paramount spiritual leaders of the twentieth century and is best known as the author of I and Thou - the basic formulation of his philosophy of dialogue - and for his appreciation of Hasidism, which made a deep impact on Christian as well as Jewish thinkers. Fleeing Nazi Germany in 1938, he immigrated to Israel, where he taught social philosophy at the Hebrew 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Lescault. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/004594/bk_blak_004594_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.