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  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Questar
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GNOGDI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,226 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It manifests God's sovereign will for Israel to return to its own land and never be uprooted.
E Z
For anyone interested in the history of modern-day Israel, this is a most enlightening documentary that has faith implications as well as rich historical information.
kone
There are about 6 DVDs, but if one were to delete the repeated segments, it would amount to about 2 DVDs of great video.
Ms. Casillas

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117 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Casillas on May 27, 2008
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As a believing Jewish person, I wish so much that I could give this 5 stars without reservations, but I cannot. The video itself is well-made, complete with re-enactments and credible eyewitness interviews. The G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob truly is on Israel's side.

My first and major gripe is that it repeats segments A LOT! There are about 6 DVDs, but if one were to delete the repeated segments, it would amount to about 2 DVDs of great video. I wish they had done just that. Buy it used or at discount and you'll get a great video set. Otherwise, I cannot justify the retail price for videos that repeat over and over again.

Also, the video's subtitle, "The Complete First Season," makes it appear to be a drama. It's not; it's a documentary-style video.
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145 of 154 people found the following review helpful By kone TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 10, 2007
When the Roman General Vespasian and his son Titus smashed the city of Jerusalem and burned King Herod's (the Jewish) Temple, the Israelites (the Jews) ceased to be a nation. Those that survived were dispersed into the far reaches of the Roman Empire, a typical fate of any population that rebelled or defied the Roman government. The thinking was that a dispersed people would never again organize to rebel, and that they would cease to be identified as an ethnic group. Time alone would absorb them into the existing culture and forever erase their unique identity.

But is was not to be.

Israel returned as a nation on May 14, 1948, and many consider this to be a modern-day miracle. The reestablishment of Israel and its many battles with its hostile neighbors Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan, are documented in this 13-part series by Michael Greenspan. Greenspan uses each episode to document whether a "miracle" may have taken place in certain events in Israel's history. He documents Hitler's Holocost and how this led to international sympathy for a Jewish state. He shows how the British Empire tried to suppress the establishment of the new state of Israel, and how the Jews drove Great Britian out of Israel. He documents in horrific detail the life of an Israeli woman spy who was captured in Lebanon and tortured in prision, and then later miraculously released (my favorite episode). Greenspan tells the story of the establishment of the nation of Israel in 1948, the 1956 war with Egypt and Syria, the 6-day war in 1967, and the surprise Yom Kippur war of 1973 where Israel was saved at the "last hour" by President Nixon's arms shipments. All these wars stories are told from the perspective of certain individuals who encountered "miracle" conditions.
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Buenoslibros.es on April 18, 2007
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This is not fiction: one has to be reminded every now and then of this, because these stories are just unbelievable (if they weren't true).

13 episodes of 25 minutes plus an extra feature film. One would have wished each story had been developed more extensively. Each episode could well deserve more than an hour for us, people, to fully comprehend the amazing facts in the stories. There is an excess of emphasis, on the part of the narrator, on whether or not these are miracles; which I think detracts from the stories themselves. The stories of Israel's survival tell themselves.

I personally don't like reenactments and prefer to use my imagination fueled by a good narrator. I would have preferred a more quiet and deeper presentation of the facts, but we have to be thankful for whatever we have. CNN Investigator Michael Greenspan takes us through the stories by means of interviews with the very protagonists, and by reenactments.

In episode 1 tank commander David Yaniv "recalls how he and his men were miraculously saved when a mysterious wind exposed thousands of explosives in the minefield in which they were stranded." This one leaves you with your mouth open, speechless.

In episode 3 the investigator interviews 85-year-old Shula Cohen, who tell the story of how she became a spy for Israel. Her whole story is a series of miracle after miracle. The reenactment is alright, but if you were interviewing this lady you would have certainly asked her more questions. That only interview is worth a million dollars.

Episode 4: WWII & the Holocaust in 24 minutes... what a rush!

Episode 5: 1947, Israel in the making, and an interview with veteran freedom fighter Ezra Yakhin, another great testimony.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By D. G. Goeritz on December 11, 2006
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This has got to be one of the best documentaries ever made about Israel! It moved me through the spectrum of emotions, from tears to triumph and took my faith in God to ever deeper, stronger levels. Although I have read numerous "religious" accounts of overt supernatural intervention in Israel's modern history, it was thrilling to see a secular production handle this topic so fairly and honestly. The theme of this wonderful film might be: Friends of Israel, take heart; enemies of Israel, take note!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Angelo Jansen on February 7, 2010
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Modern day Israel is truly a divine wonder of the current age. GOD, Faith and Miracles are the key to Israel's survival against all its enemies ever since the creation of the Jewish State of Israel 4000 year.

4000 years ago, the LORD, God of all creation established a Covenant with Abraham saying, "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." Genesis 12:2-3.

I wish to thank Michael Grenspan for this wonderful DVD collection, and above all I thank the LORD, the God of the Hebrews for the Jewish State of Israel "The land flowing with milk & honey, most beautiful of all lands." Exodus 20:15.

The Word of the LORD says, "For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back." Isaiah 54:7, "He said to me, "You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor." Isaiah 49:3, "Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you (Israel) will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10.

If you wish to know more about the LORD's presence among His chosen people (The Jews), and if you are a Israeli lover, then this DVD collection is a must for your collection.

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What is this about? Is it a documentary?
it is not a doccumentary of the history of israel. this is a doccumentary about miracles that took place in modern israel history from 1948 to 1990's. no this not a religious soap opera at all. no there are no other seasons as of yet,but who knows there might be another season some time in the... Read More
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