Jerusalem Diaries: In Tense Times (Google eBook)

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Gefen Publishing House Ltd, 2001 - History - 184 pages
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This is a compelling and moving account of life in Israel today. In a series of essays, author and Jerusalem resident Judy Lash Balint travels to the very heart of Israel. From embattled Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip, to the home of the grieving family of a victim of the Ramallah lynching incident; from the barricades in Gilo under Arab fire, to the gas mask stations where Israeli citizens queue to collect their lifesaving equipment. These vivid descriptions piece together a stirring portrait of a people struggling to maintain normal life in the most abnormal of settings. Balint succeeds where the evening news and the most sophisticated media technologies fail. She chronicles the everyday existence of ordinary citizens, whose lives have been irrevocably altered by extraordinary events. The result is an absorbing and inspiring account of a nation and a country weathering a rough and relentless storm.
  

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Contents

Is Real Security at Hand for Israelis?
9
Wake Up Call
12
Rachel Still Weeps
16
Stepping Off the Roller Coaster
18
Gas Masks Back in the Closet?
21
Golan Rally Sends Strong Message to Ehud Barak
24
Winter Time Jerusalem Observations
27
Mourning? Not Me Not Yet
29
Digging in For the Long Haul
108
Jewish Pride or Trauma
112
Escalation
117
Enough
120
A Day in the Life
123
On the Edge
126
Celebrating the Zionist Festival
129
The Spirit of the People
133

Har Habayit BYadeynu The Temple Mount is in Our Hands
31
Millennium Countdown
34
Inside Orient House
36
Jerusalem Reclamation
39
Bet Lechem
41
Off Limits
44
The Rally That Came Too Late
46
Dor Hemshech The Continuing Generation
49
An Israeli Museum Becomes Politically Correct
52
Letter from the Gaza Strip
55
Shabbat with the Sharanskys
59
All in a Jerusalem Day
63
Face of the New Mideast War
65
Day of Rage
68
Erev Yom Kippur
70
It Goes On
73
Peeling Potatoes
78
Condolence Call
80
Communities Under Siege
83
Simchat Torah and the War in Gilo
87
Notes from the Front
92
More Normal Less Normal
95
Who is the Enemy?
98
Now Were Really at the Front
101
More than Just a Bar Mitzvah
103
Mission Accomplished?
106
Kol Yisrael Areivin Zeh Bazeh All Jews are Responsible For One Another
139
Yerushalayim Bsakana Jerusalem in Danger
141
Heading South Again
144
The Shomron
150
The Invincible Jerusalem
153
Those Holy Walls
156
Protection Israel style
159
Election Madness
163
Decision Day
166
Shalhevets Funeral
169
Journalists Behaving Badly
173
Day of the Knitted Kipot
176
Holding Up Under Fire
178
Girding for War
183
Davka
185
Where in the World?
188
A Message for Today?
190
Tisha BAv 5761
195
Assistance or Interference?
200
Welcome To Israel
204
Thanks For the Memories
206
In the Shadow of Death
209
One Week After
213
Coping with the Lull
215
GLOSSARY FOR JERUSALEM DIARIES
219
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Page 17 - A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are not." "•Thus says the Lord: "Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears: for your work shall be rewarded, says the Lord, and they shall come back from the land of the enemy. "There is hope for your future, says the Lord, and your children shall come back to their own country.

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