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Land of Dreams: An Israeli Childhood (Shengold Books) Paperback – June 1, 1998
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An intermittently engaging memoir recollecting the difficult birth of the State of Israel, by a novelist and translator. The best parts are Schreiber's childhood memories of Jewish-Arab Haifa and his impressions of the Jewish state's struggle for independence. The reader gains an element of unencumbered honesty from the author's perspective as an eight-year-old but loses much in forgotten or unlived detail, because Schreiber was too young to participate in or understand much of his era's drama. His father was a principle figure in the pre-state colony, smuggling arms in his fishing truck before joining the ragtag, fledgling army that became the Israeli Defense Forces. Schreiber also offers some engaging scenes of what it was like for longtime settlers in Palestine to cope with a constant influx of refugees. He expresses sorrow that the Arabs didn't show similar hospitality to their refugeessome of whom were his childhood friends from nearby Arab Haifa. A pursuer of peace, Schreiber regrets that the Arabs didn't get their own state. The book comes alive in its anecdotes: Some Holocaust survivors, for instance, excelled in the black market. Schreiber also catches how the long struggle to create and protect the nation took its toll on some of its citizens; many members of his generation, he notes, burned out and emigrated. The second, post-independence half of the memoir is weaker, more maudlin and repetitive. Schreiber's energy picks up when the topic is politics. He argues with some vigor that Menachem Begin was a better man than either David Ben-Gurion (``not a very likable person'') or Yitzhak Rabin, noting that ``it was left to others, who did not preach socialism, to be more kind and social.'' A memoir of early Israel of uneven literary and historical worth. (b&w photos, not seen) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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In our journeys through life, we come from various places traveling to other venues. I expect no one to be in my place or to be in anyone else's place. It is from my place, my experiences, my knowledge of Israel, (as limited as that may be compared to some of you), that I write to you today.
I just finished reading a book titled LAND OF DREAMS, written by Mordecai Schreiber. It impressed me so much that I could not put it down. It is the story of birth as seen through the eyes of an 8-year-old boy. This birth is like no birth ever before. It is not the birth of a person, but the birth of a nation...Eretz Y'Israel. I rather consider it a rebirth. A half-century later, the author, who was once that child tells of his journey, during both the birth and aftermath.
This book led me to a new and deeper understanding of Israel during this period. Mordecai Schreiber tells the story of the determination of a people to sacrifice everything in the face of all odds and win. A persecuted little nation, who after many years of oppression had vowed not to be passive any longer, and fight to survive and prevail. It is the story of how a people created something out of nothing...a homeland made out of sand and rocks, and against great adversity.
We take many things for granted...I boldly step out and say even moreso, for American Jews. Imagine, you are an 8-year-old going to school and your mother gives you your bag of lunch. In this bag is one orange. As you leave the house, she tells you, "Make it last all day. This is all you are getting." How many of us ever lived with food rationing?
It took an unusual breed of people to create the State of Israel....People with great physical stamina, deep conviction, great persistence, courage and an understanding of what it was all about.
These people may have had glaring faults and shortcomings, but they were the true pioneers, nation-builders...people of destiny. They probably were not always the most congenial people to be around, but you knew you could rely on them...they wouldn't let you down. They were all team players and highly disciplined soldiers. They were a group of people who showed the world how human beings could reach for the stars and bring them down to earth.
No one handed the Jews over a state on a silver platter, except for the sons and daughters who were willing to lay down their lives for it. They were the silver platter on which Israel was offered to us.
After the most tragic of recent events in the last two weeks, last night's stabbing in Hebron of Rabbi Shlomo Raanan, and the murders of Harel Bin Nun and Shlomo Liebman in Yitzhar, which has yet to be condemned by Arafat, it is time for Jews to send a message to the world again:
WE ARE NOT COWARDS AND WE CAN WIN.