Israel is Real



Israel is Real It s a great irony that Israel was secure as an idea than it s ever been as a nation with an army 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, identified with a particular place, 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 In this way, a few rabbis turned a real city into a city of the mind in this way, they turned the Temple into a book and preserved their faith Though you can burn a city, you cannot sack an idea or kill a book But in our own time, Zionists have turned the book back into atemple And unlike an idea, a temple can be destroyed The creation of Israel has made Jews vulnerable in a way they have not been for two thousand years In Israel Is Real, Rich Cohen s superb 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 fascinating figures, each driven by the same impulse to reach Jerusalem From false messiahs such as David Alroy Cohen calls him the first superhero, with his tallis as a cape and Sabbatai Zevi, who led thousands on a mad spiritual journey, to the early Zionists many of them failed journalists , to the iconic figures of modern Jewish Sparta, David Ben Gurion, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, and Ariel Sharon, Cohen shows how all these lives together form a single story, a single life In this unique book, Cohen examines the myth of the wandering Jew, the paradox of Jewish power how can you be both holy and nuclear , and the triumph and tragedy of the Jewish state how the creation of modern Israel has changed what it means to be a Jew anywhere. Free Download [ Israel is Real ] Author [ Rich Cohen ] – heartforum.co.uk

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  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • Israel is Real
  • Rich Cohen
  • English
  • 16 January 2018
  • 0374177783

10 thoughts on “Israel is Real

  1. Jeremy says:

    I ve spent a lot of time reading about the Middle East It has haunted me for years This is, by far, the best book I ve read explaining the history and background of the case made by the nation of Israel It is simple and succinct It never reads like a textbook As an ancient history major and as a student of the Old Testament as far as it is translated correctly, of course , I found Cohen offering new light on oft discussed ancient incidences I learned a lot from his descriptions of history I ve spent a lot of time reading about the Middle East It has haunted me for years This is, by far, the best book I ve read explaining the history and background of the case made by the nation of Israel It is simple and succinct It never reads like a textbook As an ancient history major and as a student of the Old Testament as far as it is translated correctly...

  2. Avi says:

    I don t necessarily agree with all of Cohen s ideas and theses, but the book is fantastic Its a great read, and Cohen does an incredible job tying a plethora of history into a relevant and fascinating work ...

  3. Emily says:

    As a person who did not have much retained knowledge in biblical history, Israel, or Jewish history, I found this book to be a great comprehensive overview I really appreciated the author s perspective and he made it clear when he was expressing his viewpoint which may not necessarily be ref...

  4. Louise says:

    While there are manycomplete and precise books on the history of Israel, I doubt any of them is so much fun to read I would imagine the breezy and sometimes glib prose and the metaphors relating people and places to movie characters and sets grates on the purists, but for those who want to know how things got the way they are, it gives a good outline The general reader should come away understanding of main events in the history of Israel.The book is written from a Jewish perspective b While there are manycomplete and precise books on the history of Israel, I doubt any of them is so much fun to read I would imagine the breezy and sometimes glib prose and the metaphors relating people and places to movie characters and sets grates on the purists, but for those who want to know how things got the way they are, i...

  5. Rupin Chaudhry says:

    Its witty, satirical, humorous, scandalous, tragic and euphoric account of an idea called Israel The author captures the Jewish history from the ancient times of Romans and Pharaohs to the present day world The story doesn t culminate into any ending because Israel is still evolving and it is still unstable but the concept of promised land leads to some degree of fruition wherein a Jew, in any part of the world, has a country he can call home This country is his and like all other countries Its witty, satirical, humorous, scandalous, tragic and euphoric account of an idea called Israel The author captures the Jewish history from the ancient times of Romans and Pharaohs to the present day world The story doesn t culminate into any ending because Israel is still evolving and it is still unstable but the concept of promised land leads to some degree of fruition wherein a Jew, in any part of the world, has a country he can call home This country is his and like all other countries it is capable of bringing the best and the worst deeds The most moving text that captures this sentiment goes like When a Je...

  6. Kathy says:

    This book reads like a chat with the author, albeit a really long involved chat It begins with the destruction of the second temple and takes us through the history of Israel up to the present Cohen has a way of putting archaic concepts into terms that I can understand I particularly appreciated when he compared medieval stories of the Khazars a colony of warrior Jews to his boyhood book of Great Jewish Sports Heros.Israel has a long and often bitter past, but Cohen is a gentle guide on an This book reads like a chat...

  7. Flow Wampfler says:

    In preparation for a trip to Israel, I realized I needed to learnabout the country and its history Based on Goodreads reviews, I read Israel A Concise History of a Nation Reborn by Daniel Gordis and based on a personal reference, I also read Israel is Real by Rich Cohen I m rating these two books the same 4 stars but they have pretty different styles Israel A Concise History of a Nation Reborn is an awesome chronicle of the history of Israel,factual than Israel is Real In preparation for a trip to Israel, I realized I needed to learnabout the country and its history Based on Goodreads reviews, I read Israel A Concise History of a Nation Reborn by Daniel Gordis and based on a personal reference, I also read Israel is Real by Rich Cohen I m rating these two books the same 4 stars but they have pretty different styles Israel A Concise History of a Nation Reborn is an awesome chronicle of the history of Israel,factual than Israel is Real but does a great job highlighting artists of the region and their takes on certain historical events to soften the fact based approach My only wish for this book is that it would have spent...

  8. Mary says:

    Lent to me by a friend, I found this an invaluable read A secular Jew outlines the mystery, the history and the eternality of the nation He describes the miracle of the 6 day war where even atheists felt the press of God He marches through the centuries, outlining the mission of the Jews, the failed messiahs, the issue of Jewish...

  9. Blake says:

    This book was so fascinating I didn t want it to end Cohen is a writer for Rolling Stone and has a very smooth, conversational style of writing with lots of anecdotes to keep the narrative from getting too dry The book discusses the nation of Israel in real or imagined forms fromancient times un...

  10. Shana says:

    I m going to be honest with you I don t think I really understand Israel, even after reading this book I did, however, walk away from this thinking about the insanity that is history, religion, and politics There is no doubt about it the Hebrews Jews have a pretty damn depressing history.What I liked about this book is that it wasn t a propaganda filled Zionist love fest What it accomplishes, is providing a rich story around the key figures and events that brought Israel to where it is now I m going to be honest w...

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