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My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $11.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A symbol and example of a vibrant democracy with all its pluses and minuses, April 19, 2014
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This book takes the reader through 115 years the history of Israel. It starts with the arrival in 1898 of the author's great grandfather from England with a group of upper-crust British Jews who had the prescience to expect that 20th century Europe would be a bad place for Jews. They settled in Israel. The author takes the reader through each decade of the 1900's with vignettes of the Jewish settlement, the Palestinian feelings, the conflicts of the 1920's and 1930's and the impact of the Holocaust on the growing Jewish population and the Arab population. He does so by spotlighting specific people, Palestinians, Jewish settlers, entrepreneurs, political leaders, immigrants, Army officers, scientists, even hedonists -- each one provides insights into the complex society that makes up Israel. It takes the reader through the major wars the Israelis fought.

It covers the mistakes and decisions that both the Israeli government and Palestinians made -- both good and bad-- that lead to the present conflicts and crises. Right wing Israelis would probably hate this book but the author never lets the reader to doubt that he is critical of the country he loves.

As one who loves Israel, and accepted its narrative about the 1948 War of Independence the book blew my mind and told me a narrative that was new and believable to me. It also reminded me that with with people like Shavit who can criticize Israel as he did, Israel, with all its problems can find a way with the Palestinians as partners to find a solution. To do so, we will need a Mandela on both sides of the table.


Roots & Branches 5 Element Qi Gong
Roots & Branches 5 Element Qi Gong
DVD ~ Greg Woodson

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How this DVD has helped in dealing with chemotherapy, November 27, 2011
My wife and I first began an interest in Qi Gong when she was seeking a way to deal with the side effects of her chemotherapy. She needed something to increase her energy so that she could get through the treatments. Also she was seeking a way to put her mind in a place where she could enter a zone of relaxation and good thoughts.

In the past we had done yoga but found it too taxing on her energy. We came to Qi Gong through a community demonstration and found it a wonderful way of coping.

She needed two things in Qi Gong. First, an understanding of what it means and how the practice of Qi Gong could be applied to her needs and second, the specifics of the movements of Qi Gong to permit her to get the most out of it.

This set of DVD's fills these two needs. The first DVD explains the philosophy of Qi Gong and its relationship to the five elements. It showed how the movements of Qi Gong relate to these. The second DVD provides specific movements that can be used to accomplish excercises for different times of day. It is simple to join with the Qi Gong masters and do the movements along with them. It soon becomes an easy routine and she gets its benefits in relaxation and flexibility.

Both of us recommend this set to all.

Super Granny: Great Stuff to Do with Your Grandkids
Super Granny: Great Stuff to Do with Your Grandkids
by Sally Wendkos Olds
Edition: Hardcover
94 used & new from $0.01

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super book on Super Grandparents, March 19, 2009
When the grand children visit, call or share time with you, what grandparent is not challenged by how to spend time with them? Should you get down to their level and crawl with them on the floor or under the table? Or should you sit and read their books to them? Each "Granny" - and I mean grandmother or grandfather--faces this challenge. Super Granny is a handbook that provides guidance to grandparents for this all too short life stage, grandparenthood.

My wife and I both read this, separately and together. It is an informative, chatty, delightfully presented book of suggestions for fun with grandkids. Olds provides a plethora of ideas based on grandmothers' activities that her friends and acquaintances have done with their grandchildren.

As grandparents who have done many activities with our 5 grandchildren ages 7-19, we found new and exciting things to do and suggestions we plan to try.

We shared the chapter on "Camp Grandma" with our friend who told us that she have a similar camp with her 9 grandkids and she found an activity she'd like to try this year.

If you are like us, wanting to make each moment with your grandkids as valuable and meaningful as you can, we are sure that you'll find things in this book to try. And hurry and do it now, because before long they will be in college and that great window of grandparenthood will change and pass you by.

RCA EZ201 Small Wonder 60 Minute Point-and-Shoot Camcorder (White)
RCA EZ201 Small Wonder 60 Minute Point-and-Shoot Camcorder (White)
10 used & new from $37.00

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, but some problems., November 10, 2007
We purchased this item because it was light weight, relatively inexpensive and with the 2 gig memory card could shoot 4 hours of video.

Biggest problem was daytime shooting. With the sun at your back (as most shots are taken)it is virtually impossible to see the screen. This product could use a hood or mask to solve the problem.

Also, the product does not come with a lot of information on how to use it with the 2 Gig card attached.

But the video results we got were pretty good considering its size and simplicity.

Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Compact Super Telephoto Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera
Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Compact Super Telephoto Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera
Offered by Electronics Basket
Price: $493.59
21 used & new from $139.93

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Zoom Performance, November 10, 2007
I bought this item to replace an old "beer can" 7 to 200 Minolta Zoom that I was using for my Sony Alpha. I was leaving on a trip to India where I wanted the have the capability of getting close-in on individual images with a lighter weight lens. And it was on sale!!!

The initial results are great. I was able to get real close to 3 Bengal Tigers on a game preserve that were at least 100 yards away. I got faces, and colors and exciting things that would not have been as good as as on my old Minolta Lens.

Be Happy, Be Free, Dance! A Holocaust Survivor's Message to His Grandchildren
Be Happy, Be Free, Dance! A Holocaust Survivor's Message to His Grandchildren
by Richard Weilheimer
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.75
27 used & new from $1.39

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Moving and Unique Story of a Survivor, February 20, 2006
There are probably countless books about the Holocaust from the classic books of personal recollection of Elie Wiesel (especially "Night"), to stories of "Shindler's List" and "Sophie's Choice," and the cold objective histories epitomized by William Shirer's "The Rise and Fall of The Third Reich."

Richard Weilheimer's book adds another way of talking about this subject, perhaps one which will resonate with the youngest generation more than the others. For few of the children caught in the Holocaust survived and even fewer wrote a book about it.

It is from the eyes of a child (Richard, himself, at ages 7 through 10), having no ability to survive himself, except for the extraordinary efforts and love of his parents (who did not survive) and a Quaker woman, Alice Resch who saves Richard, his brother and dozens of other children caught in this cruel web of barbarism.

Richard takes us through his memories, on his father's shoulders seeing Hitler at a parade just after he took power, not yet aware or comprehending what lay in store for his Jewish Family, at that time proud citizens of Germany. He takes us through a child's eye-level witness of Kristelnacht, the Night of the Broken Glass, when Jews were beaten and imprisoned, and their businesses and professions destroyed.

He forces us to experience how his family is told to pack a single suitcase and abandon their home in one hour. How his family was put on a darkened train and forced to endure days of travel, without food to an "internment" camp, Gurs, in the south of Vichy France. And we experience his description of how, when escape for the entire family becomes impossible, his parents allow him and his younger brother, Ernest to accompany Alice Resch, with a small group of children from the camp to an under-used school to be educated and to escape with the help of the Quaker organization.

And through this frightening experience, we read the loving letters of Richard's parents, his Muti (mother) and Popi (Father). Wear a coat in the cold, drink water when it is hot, eat your vegetables, study your lessons, write us, take care of your younger brother. Richard, Ernest and their group escapes to the U.S. His parents, uncles and other relatives perish.

We read how Richard adjusts to the United States (classified as a foreign alien), attends school, becomes an American, joins the U.S. Army and becomes a medal winner in Korea and goes on, as did many of these "refugees", to become exemplary U.S. Citizens.

Of interest also is a key experience in his adult life that encouraged Richard to become a survivor who decides to speak out and recount his experiences. It enables Richard to carry on the legacy of his parents, grandparents and family to be a remembrance forever. He also describes how the group of 48 children, in their adult years spread out across the world, reunite (some by rare coincidences)and bring Alice Resch, their "angel", to a reunion where she can see the hundreds of people who now live because of her efforts and those of the American Friends Service Committee.

The title of his book is addressed to his granddaughter, Arden, who dances and sings for him and reminds him every day that the evil plan of the Nazis and their complicit collaborators could not bring about the Final Solution. The Jewish people and their children and grandchildren, survive.

I gave copies of this book to my children and they are encouraging their children to read it. They will better understand the evil of the Holocaust when described through the eyes of a child.

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