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Passionate Pioneers

A little-known chapter in the history of Jewish education in North America involves a wide network of Yiddish schools and camps that sought to transmit a distinctive, authentic sense of secular yiddishkayt. Over a fifty-year period at the beginning of …

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A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide

I thought you might all be interested in a recently published book called “Prisoners”, written by Jeffrey Goldberg – more information can be obtained at: http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780375412349). I’m told the book is pretty interesting because, among other reasons, there is a …

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Generals in the Cabinet Room: How the Military Shapes Israeli Policy

Yoram Peri forcefully and persuasively argues the premise that while once Israel’s military was the servant of its civilian political leadership, today it is the Israeli generals who have the lead in foreign and defense policy making. The repercussions for …

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Scars of War, Wounds of Peace: The Israeli-Arab Tragedy (Paperback)

An Oxford-trained historian who became Israeli Foreign Minister, Shlomo Ben-Ami was a key figure in the Camp David negotiations and many other rounds of peace talks, public and secret, with Palestinian and Arab officials. He offers here an unflinching account …

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Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life

As his fascinating and deeply intelligent memoir makes clear, Nusseibeh is really an Israeli dream. Where Yasir Arafat and his lieutenants asserted that there was no historical Jewish claim to Jerusalem, Mr. Nusseibeh speaks of Jewish roots in Jerusalem as …

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1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East

“Today we know that Israel’s triumph in 1967 was a Pyrrhic victory. Tom Segev’s 1967 makes that more clear than anything written on the subject . . . Segev documents this historic tragedy brilliantly, authoritatively, as no one has before.”—Amos …

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