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"In RISE, a compelling novel of contemporary Israel gone awry, Yosef Gotlieb turns a critical but loving eye on a nation in search of its soul." 
--Evan Fallenberg, author, When We Danced On Water, Light Fell


 a crackling good, fast-paced thriller that will have its readers turning pages well into the night... Gotlieb is a top-notch writer, with a superb ear for dialogue and an extraordinary ability to grab and hold the attention of his audience. Rise is to be commended and recommended...
-- Dr. Carl Hoffman, ESRA Magazine, Dec.2011-Jan. 2012 (Issue 162)


This is an amazing book.... Everything is so real...the story of the new Israel.  Israel of the Prophets and of Jewish ethics....masterful. Gotlieb is a natural story teller. One wishes that his way becomes Israel's way. -- Daniel Ben-Simon, Member of Knesset, Israel Labor Party, journalist

This is a provoking novel of deep thought, written in a clear and beautiful language. Above the intriguing plot, fascinating characters and dramatic movement of this unique book, its greatest value lies in the presentation of a constant ray of hope...
Ada Aharoni, writer, Founder, International Forum for the Literature and Culture of Peace 


Rise is an astonishing tale, as true as the breaking news from Israel... Embedded into the suspense-filled events and rich characterizations ...Yosef Gotlieb's ideas and principles for a renewed and reawakened Israel come fully alive.
 
- Phil Jason of Federation Star

About the Author

Yosef Gotlieb was born in Costa Rica, raised and educated in the US, and has made his home in Israel since 1984. In addition to his prose fiction and verse, Yosef Gotlieb's published work include Self-Determination in the Middle East, Development, Environment and Global Dysfunction, and numerous monographs and articles.

Dr. Gotlieb is on the faculty of the David Yellin College of Education in Jerusalem, where he directs the Text and Publishing Studies program.

Active in environmental, social action, and patients advocacy groups, Yosef Gotlieb resides with his family near Jerusalem. He is currently at work on his next novel, Dance of the Uroboros.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: The Olive Group (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9657557011
  • ISBN-13: 978-9657557013
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,567,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yosef Gotlieb was born in Costa Rica, raised and educated in the US, and has made his home in Israel since 1984. In addition to his prose fiction and verse, Yosef Gotlieb's published work include Self-Determination in the Middle East, Development, Environment and Global Dysfunction, and numerous monographs and articles.

Yosef Gotlieb is a graduate of Clark University (Worcester, Massachusetts) where he completed his undergraduate studies in philosophy (Phi Sigma Tau) and sociology, and graduate studies in liberal arts and geography. His doctoral dissertation dealt with the relationship between ethnicity and development and offered a model for sustainable development in postcolonial countries. He has taught middle and high school social studies and environmental science, has mentored master's and doctoral students and has trained development professionals from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean at the Development Study Center in Rehovot, Israel. He has worked in development and international cooperation in Israel and Nepal.

Dr. Gotlieb is on the faculty of the David Yellin College of Education in Jerusalem, where he directs the Text and Publishing Studies program. He is a contributor to Green Prophet, the Mideast environmental website.

In addition to his involvement in environmental, social action, and patients advocacy groups, Yosef Gotlieb is active in the Israel Section of the International Forum for the Literature and Culture of Peace (IFLAC) and several literary groups.

Yosef Gotlieb resides with his family near Jerusalem. His blog, Issues of the Day, appear on his website at www.ysgotlieb.net. He is currently at work on his next novel, Dance of the Uroboros.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Holzman, PhD on October 2, 2011
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Reading Rise was a double pleasure. First and foremost, the background of the novel is modern Israel--not the Israel of the newspapers--not the Israel of the sensationalists and propagandists, but my Israel, a place that is beautiful and wonderful and difficult to live in. It is the Israel where people hope and pray and work for peace; it is the Israel where people are rude and aggressive, but where friendship is true and deep and lasting; and it is the Israel with many social and political problems, but where democracy works and struggles to solve them; it is the Israel that the world should become acquainted with and here in Rise, there is the opportunity to feel and experience what I feel is authentic and true about the tiny, much disparaged and criticized Jewish State that is my home.
The second pleasure of Rise was in the story. The plot is neither didactic nor honey-coated; it is a fictionalized portrayal of many true and tragic events woven about the lives and activities of Lilah, the protagonist, and her family, her friends and her foes, personal and general. It is a story of anticipation and expectation of a better tomorrow, a story worth reading, enjoying and experiencing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Schulman on October 3, 2011
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Although Rise is a novel, one is almost transported to what is happening in Israel as current events unfold by the minute, maybe even second - from religious extremism and divided politics to an encouraging and peaceful social protest movement looking for change. Yosef Gotlieb's attention to details about all aspects of the country's complex social make-up, geography and history makes the storyline believable and characters "real". For anyone interested in contemporary Israeli society, this is a must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A.S. on October 3, 2011
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I read Yosef Gottlieb's RISE on an overseas flight. The book has all the intricacies of plot, the suspense and surprises that characterize action/adventure novels, and I must say that it kept me awake! However, this genre only holds attraction for me if the story is enriched by well-developed characters and relationships, and such is the case with this book. It also satisfied my need for a sense of locale--both physical and cultural. I loved the descriptions of Israel: the places and people, the politics and history, the diversity of cultures, religions, lifestyles and ideologies. The author clearly has a political stance and an agenda (and this may put some people off); nonetheless, I felt that he presented a fair picture of various streams of thought in this small country and that he described their adherents sympathetically.
In Israel, there is no such thing as being non-partisan, so I confess that I stand on the same left-of-centre side of the arena as the author. In the present social and political climate, it is particularly gratifying to have many of my feelings, opinions, and ideology so courageously represented.
Gottlieb is clearly an idealist, but he is also a realist and an activist. Whether or not he is a prophet remains to be seen...I fervently hope so!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael J Duke on December 10, 2011
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This is one incredible story. Although seen through the eyes of central characters with a certain point of view, the writer gives respect to other opinions and view points leaving noone to feel cheated. Although a work of fiction, the story is based on a lot of truth about the situation in Israel and Yosef's descriptive powers are spot on. He correctly avoids flowery language and creates a dynamic scene across the emmotions that arise from the situation. Having lived in Israel for the best part of fifteen years, I recognize all the emmotions, opinions, sentiments and feelings and brought my heart back to wanting to return to Israel more than any fact or logic. For any factual/political researcher wanting to understand the area, this is an absolute 'must read'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Garry Bregman on December 14, 2011
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Rise, by Israeli author Yosef Gotlieb, is a compelling & timely read. It is set in contemporary Israel, politically & socially. Lilah has returned to Israel after her self-imposed exile to Boston upon the death of her brother. Separated from her husband & young son, with whom she shares sporadic visits, she immerses herself in her photography, becoming one of the foremost anthropological photographers in the world. She is drawn back to Israel , where she becomes immersed in a gripping & popular democratic grass-roots movement, & personally involved in their struggles against terrorism. There are twists in the plot that will keep the pages turning & the book ends on a cliffhanger, and on a note of positive change.
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Lilah Kedem left Israel thirty years ago after she was emotionally decimated by the death of her brother, who died in battle during his military service in Israel. Now, she's come back to initially watch as her husband, with whom she's had an on again off again relationship over the years, in his leadership position in the Israeli government, meets opposition in the government. She also sees how honorably, bravely, and maturely her son, Ido, behaves in his position in an elite division of the Israeli Defense Forces. No, it's not an idyllic reunion at all and days after her return the appalling violence begins that will change all of their lives.

Lilah over the years has become a renowned photography journalist, a master at her trade. She decides to take some pictures of Arab and Jewish Israeli women. One Arab woman with stunning blue eyes piques her attention and she takes her picture, only to see a photo of that same woman two days later on the front page of a national newspaper. For this woman was the first victim of those who advertise themselves as Jewish extremists who vow to remove all Arabs from Israel's soil.

Eli Zedek is a retired member of Israeli's security forces who is determined, after several even more violent attacks against Arab villages, to find the perpetrators of such horrific acts. At the same time, Lilah and Naftali reunite with Lilah's oldest friend, Micah, and her husband, Issam, an Arab doctor.
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