Grandpa's Mountain: Letters from a Border Kibbutz in Israel

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Artzy Books, 2007 - Fiction - 149 pages
Yoram (Richie) Friedman moves to Israel with his and 10-year-old son during the aftermath of the victorious Six Day War in 1967. Initially seduced by the beauty of the Galilean landscape, the family settles on a mountaintop kibbutz in northern Israel, overlooking a frontier still fraught with uncertainty. In October 1973, that uncertainty was dramatically clarified as Syrian war planes signaled Israel's next and most costly war with her Arab neighbors—the Yom Kippur War. The ensuing trauma strengthens Yoram's idealistic ties to the land, but his wife and son return to the United States. Although Yoram is devastated, he tightly holds his Zionistic dream of participating in the rebuilding of the Jewish nation.After almost a quarter of a century, the silence from his family is broken by an unexpected letter form his 12-year-old grandson—a new boy scout and budding adventurer. Their ensuing pen-pal relationship bonds the two, allowing the reader to follow along as the adventures of the past blend with the present day in a healing love story that spans generations.

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User Review  - SAMANTHA100 - LibraryThing

Grandpa's Mountain: Letters from a Border Kibbutz, by Arieh Larkey, opens in 1996 with a letter written by twelve year old Steven Friedman to his grandfather, Yoram, whom he has never met. Yoram is ... Read full review

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User Review  - terrygraap - LibraryThing

A very interesting read about a grandfather and a grandson. The story is unfolded by letters between them. One lives in Israel and the other in New Jersey. I recommend it. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Arieh (Richard) Larkey was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1935. A the age of eighteen, he volunteered to serve in the American Army and was sent to Occupied Germany as part of the NATO forces. It was there that his sense of Jewish identity intensified. Following the Six Day War in 1967, Arieh once again experienced a heightened awareness of his Jewish heritage, which eventually led to his aliya in 1971. After a 30 year architectural career, Larkey closed his Jerusalem office and began to write. His books include: A Townhouse in Jerusalem (1996), Ruth Revisited A Survivor's Journey (2001), Landscape of Conflict, Israel's Northern Frontier (2003) and Grandpa's Mountain Letters from a border Kibbutz in Israel (2007). The author divides his time between his home in the historical town of Zichron Yaacov, on the Mediterranean coast and the frontier town of Mitzpeh Ramon in the heart of the Negev Desert in Southern Israel.

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