Israel Is Real

Israel Is Real

Book - 2009
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In AD 70, when the Second Temple was destroyed, a handful of visionaries saved Judaism by reinventing it--by taking what had been a national religion and turning it into an idea. Jews no longer needed Jerusalem to be Jews. Whenever a Jew studied--wherever he was--he would be in the holy city. But in our own time, Zionists have turned the book back into a temple. In Rich Cohen's new history of the Zionist idea and the Jewish state--the history of a nation chronicled as if it were the biography of a person--he brings to life dozens of figures, each driven by the same impulse: to reach Jerusalem. From false messiahs to the early Zionists, to the iconic figures of David Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir Cohen shows how all these lives together form a single story. He examines the myth of the wandering Jew, the paradox of Jewish power, and the triumph and tragedy of the Jewish state.--From publisher description.
Published: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374177782
0374177783
Branch Call Number: 956.94 COH
Characteristics: x, 383 p. :,map ;,24 cm.

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oldhag Jul 13, 2013

A nation that defines itself as the "Jewish State" cannot be a democracy.

PickyReader Apr 12, 2013

Pretty idiosyncratic and personal, sometimes to the detriment of the 'narrative', and not always accurate in the details, BUT, an interesting trip through time and lots of resources from Isaac bound to 21st Century Israel and the ongoing dispute as to its necessity. Overall recommended to readers with their eyes open.

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