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