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Living in Heaven, Coping with Hell
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Living in Heaven, Coping with Hell
Israel's Northern Borders—Where Zionism Triumphed, the Kibbutz Evolves, and the Pioneering Spirit Prevails
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This is the one book you must read about Israel!

"These swashbuckling accounts of astounding spirit and sacrifice are thoroughly researched and make for a riveting read."

Written by a member of the International Advisory Board for a Northern Israel Research and Education Center, this fascinating narrative reveals the more than century-long story of a Jewish nation being rebuilt along Israel's northern borders where it once flourished. Through intimate profiles of many residents in multiple border communities–combined with thorough research–readers will meet people who settled the region, dealt with its tribulations, and that still struggle to live normal lives in a land that remains challenging. Those intrepid souls will inspire you, and humor you, as you come to know many ordinary men and women that have accomplished extraordinary things.

Captured within these pages are stories of:

  • Idealistic and courageous Jews fleeing pogroms in Eastern Europe and Russia.
  • Jews determined to restore the Jewish nation through Jewish labor and self-help.
  • Passionate Zionists building a nation.
  • Entrepreneurs.
  • The Kibbutz–its rise, fall, and struggle to rise again.
  • Kiryat Shmona's troubling issues.
  • Terrorism and Katyushas.
  • Metula's, Majdal Shams', and Ghajar's intriguing past and difficult futures.
  • Hezbollah, earthquakes, and medical care.
  • The author's perspective and experiences unveiled as he crisscrossed the area.
  • Propelled by Sobin's passion for the region and written in a conversational style, this indelible narrative is required reading for learning about a critical part of Israel's past, present, and future.

    EDITORIAL REVIEWS

    Living in Heaven, Coping with Hell is a meticulously researched, deeply reported and compellingly written account of the unique challenges and remarkable resilience of the Jewish communities along Israel's often precarious northern borders. Clifford Sobin seamlessly combines the big picture about the region's history, politics, economics and culture with detailed profiles of individual Israelis who have built their homes and lives on the nation's "periphery". The book is a must-read for anyone interested in the transformation of the legendary kibbutz movement or about this often-misunderstood region of Israel in general.
    -David Leach, author of Chasing Utopia: The Future of the Kibbutz in a Divided Israel

    Clifford Sobin describes so well the experience of living on Israel's Northern border from the standpoint of its inhabitants. His enthusiasm is quite contagious and his erudition impressive. After more than thirty-five years living in Galilee, I have learned a lot about my own region due to this book. The author takes you for an exciting trip where history, present, landscapes and people intertwine.
    -Yuval Achouch, Ph.D, sociologist studying the current status of the kibbutz

    "Sobin's prose is accessible and lively, often locking onto the stories of individuals in order to discuss larger trends." – Kirkus Reviews

    OTHER REVIEWS

    "This book is a real page turner. I could not put it down."

    "an incredibly well-researched, fascinating, and insightful read."

    This is the one book you must read about Israel!

    "These swashbuckling accounts of astounding spirit and sacrifice are thoroughly researched and make for a riveting read."

    Written by a member of the International Advisory Board for a Northern Israel Research and Education Center, this fascinating narrative reveals the more than century-long story of a Jewish nation being rebuilt along Israel's northern borders where it once flourished. Through intimate profiles of many residents in multiple border communities–combined with thorough research–readers will meet people who settled the region, dealt with its tribulations, and that still struggle to live normal lives in a land that remains challenging. Those intrepid souls will inspire you, and humor you, as you come to know many ordinary men and women that have accomplished extraordinary things.

    Captured within these pages are stories of:

  • Idealistic and courageous Jews fleeing pogroms in Eastern Europe and Russia.
  • Jews determined to restore the Jewish nation through Jewish labor and self-help.
  • Passionate Zionists building a nation.
  • Entrepreneurs.
  • The Kibbutz–its rise, fall, and struggle to rise again.
  • Kiryat Shmona's troubling issues.
  • Terrorism and Katyushas.
  • Metula's, Majdal Shams', and Ghajar's intriguing past and difficult futures.
  • Hezbollah, earthquakes, and medical care.
  • The author's perspective and experiences unveiled as he crisscrossed the area.
  • Propelled by Sobin's passion for the region and written in a conversational style, this indelible narrative is required reading for learning about a critical part of Israel's past, present, and future.

    EDITORIAL REVIEWS

    Living in Heaven, Coping with Hell is a meticulously researched, deeply reported and compellingly written account of the unique challenges and remarkable resilience of the Jewish communities along Israel's often precarious northern borders. Clifford Sobin seamlessly combines the big picture about the region's history, politics, economics and culture with detailed profiles of individual Israelis who have built their homes and lives on the nation's "periphery". The book is a must-read for anyone interested in the transformation of the legendary kibbutz movement or about this often-misunderstood region of Israel in general.
    -David Leach, author of Chasing Utopia: The Future of the Kibbutz in a Divided Israel

    Clifford Sobin describes so well the experience of living on Israel's Northern border from the standpoint of its inhabitants. His enthusiasm is quite contagious and his erudition impressive. After more than thirty-five years living in Galilee, I have learned a lot about my own region due to this book. The author takes you for an exciting trip where history, present, landscapes and people intertwine.
    -Yuval Achouch, Ph.D, sociologist studying the current status of the kibbutz

    "Sobin's prose is accessible and lively, often locking onto the stories of individuals in order to discuss larger trends." – Kirkus Reviews

    OTHER REVIEWS

    "This book is a real page turner. I could not put it down."

    "an incredibly well-researched, fascinating, and insightful read."

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