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Israela (Book) - 7/11/2014 4:38:40 AM
This is a thought provoking and different sort of book about the middle east.It views the situation from very personal thoughts from diverse backgrounds that have become all an integral everyday part of Israeli life.Many sides who share issues that have the power to divide but also to unite them

Israela (Book) - 4/10/2012 3:24:18 PM
* Home * About the Book * About the Author * Purchase Israela * Reviews * Media * Blog * Contact eu Review of Israela, April, 2012 10/04/2012 0 Comments Edit | Settings | Delete Are you sure you want to delete this post? This action is permanent. Yes, delete postNo, keep post http://www.jewishnh.org/reporter/2012/2012-April.pdf Israel becomes a character in the story as we follow the lives of three women growing up in Israel after the the counry’s independence in 1948. In this beautifully written book by Dr. Batya Casper (Tate Publishing, 2011), we explore the debate between the Israelis and the Arabs as they try to live side by side. I found Casper’s way of presenting each side’s view through these women’s eyes really made me feel that I was in their shoes as they try to figure out how to live in peace and why after all this time the Arabs and Israelis cannot find a way to get along. Her descriptions are poignant, and her viewpoint is objective. Our main characters are Orit, a child rescued from the Holocaust and brought to Israel, then adopted by parents who are sympathetic to the idea of Arabs and Israelis co-existing happily; her half-sister, Ruiti, also known by the Arab name Ratiba, who takes this idea so much to heart that she marries an Israeli Arab and hides the fact that she is Jewish from him and his family; and their cousin, Ellysheva, who comes to Israel as Allison, and as an adult works in a hospital searching through Arab homes look- ing for explosives and suicide bombers. Hamzah says, “The tragedy is that in the long term, when they wake in the middle of the night to see the ‘evil’ Israeli soldiers in uniform in their home, their guns at the ready, they look into our eyes, and I know that at that very moment I have created a second generation of suicide bombers.” Casper also brings to life the character of the State of Israel, Between chapters of the story we hear from Israela. These parts are written in italics, and it is like you are listening in to her private thoughts. At one point she says, “It was not me who first separated Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau. That would be far beyond my abilities. Do the stories of their Bible not clearly warn them how not behave? What not to repeat? Why don’t they see that? It was not I who misinterpreted the Koran into an imperative for murder. Would Allah not have preferred his people to live in peace? Does Elokim, my G-d, want anything but peace for His children?... So they have Allah and we have Elokim, and we are at war.” Elisheva works in a hospital taking care of the wounded of the wars and the suicide bombers. They are all trying in their own way to make sense of the world they live in and seeking to deal with the sadness and despair they are experiencing. Ellysheva is at the memorial service for her father, thinking back on the synagogue and religion of her youth, and she thinks, “I wonder now why loving G-d is a commandment and why to love your neighbor like yourself is the second most important principle of faith, a rule like not crossing the road on a red light. I wonder why protecting the stranger in our midst is almost as mportant in the scriptures as honoring our father and our mother, as not coveting our neighbor’s wife. Because if the strangers in our midst were friendly, we would not need a law to protect them. In a local book group that read this book, the consensus was that this story reflected the reality of life in Israel, presenting a realistic view of the social history of Israel. In the story, the character Orit has a series of dreams interspersed with news bulletins. Batya Casper told me in an interview, “All the news bulletins are factual, as are the stories of Arab/Jewish intermarriage. There are, in fact, a growing number of such cases.” Casper says that her interest in writing Israela “was to show a truly loving relationship between two good people.” All of the scenarios in this story are based on fact. Casper moved to Israel in 1956. She has lived there intermittently since childhood. Merle Carrus, The New Hampshire Jewish Reporter

Bacground Material for Israela (Short Story) - 6/27/2014 4:24:54 PM
Nicely written and very descriptive. John Michael

Bacground Material for Israela (Short Story) - 3/2/2014 4:02:36 AM
thought provoking read

Singathon (Short Story) - 11/19/2013 3:23:59 AM
very enjoyable thank you budd

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