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YI Sharon Book Club - Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 8 Adar I 5779

8:00 PM - 9:00 PMLisses, 110 Ames St, Sharon, MA

The next meeting of our Young Israel of Sharon Book Club will take place Wednesday, February 13, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the home of the Lisses, 110 Ames Street.

For our February selection, we will be reading Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi (the author of Like Dreamers, one of our first book club selections). This book was suggested to us by David Schacht. In addition to any copies that are available in the Sharon Public Library, I have a few personal copies of the book that members of the Book Club may share.
Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor is one Israeli’s powerful attempt to reach beyond the wall that separates Israelis and Palestinians and into the hearts of "the enemy." In a series of letters, Yossi Klein Halevi explains what motivated him to leave his native New York in his twenties and move to Israel to participate in the drama of the renewal of a Jewish homeland, which he is committed to see succeed as a morally responsible, democratic state in the Middle East. This is the first attempt by an Israeli author to directly address his Palestinian neighbors and describe how the conflict appears through Israeli eyes. Halevi untangles the ideological and emotional knot that has defined the conflict for nearly a century. In lyrical, evocative language, he unravels the complex strands of faith, pride, anger and anguish he feels as a Jew living in Israel, using history and personal experience as his guide. Halevi’s letters speak not only to his Palestinian neighbor, but to all concerned global citizens, helping us understand the painful choices confronting Israelis and Palestinians that will ultimately help determine the fate of the region. (from; )

All book club books may be purchased from Amazon through the link on the YI website, which will provide Young Israel with 10 percent of the purchase price. We also try to ensure that there are sufficient copies available through the Sharon Public Library system for all of our Book Club selections.

New members are always welcome. Hope to see you there!

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