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The Tenth Prayer: A Novel of Israel

Esrati, Stephen G

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ISBN 10: 0738821543 / ISBN 13: 9780738821542
Editorial: Xlibris Corporation, 2000
Usado Condición: Very Good Encuadernación de tapa blanda
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Título: The Tenth Prayer: A Novel of Israel

Editorial: Xlibris Corporation

Año de publicación: 2000

Encuadernación: Paperback

Condición del libro:Very Good

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Historical fiction about the early years of Israel with an emphasis about the problem of "Who is a Jew?"

This question, which has been at the center of controversy since independence, includes such problems as non-burial of the child of an Israeli Jew and an American Baptist.

The book covers a wide spectrum of Israelis, from extreme left to extreme right. One of its principal heroes is Naomi Ben Horin, the broadcaster of the illegal radio of the Irgun Zvai Leumi, who becomes a lawyer after independence. The book ends with her decision on whether to defend Adolf Eichmann.

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The following review appeared on May 11 in the Jerusalem Post: By Theodore Steinberg How often do you get to read a novel where it turns out you were personally involved?

The Tenth Prayer is a historical novel that deals with the period from the end of World War II until the Eichmann trial in the early 1960s.

The author has created a set of characters - some of whom represent real people - that give the reader a good feel for what those days were like.

My own participation in the story goes back to May 1948 when I was a student at Yeshiva College in New York.

As the May 15 date of declaring statehood approached, so did the time of personal decision-making. An organization called Land and Labor for Palestine, cited in the novel, offered young men like myself a free steamship ticket to the Promised Land. A close friend and I accepted the offer and we left New York for Palestine on the USS Marine Carp in early May.

About a week after statehood was declared, the ship reached Beirut, a scheduled stop. The next stop was Haifa. But Lebanon was at war with the new Jewish State. Since it was assumed that most of the young, male, Israel-bound passengers would be inducted into IDF soon after debarking at Haifa, Lebanon was unwilling to let us continue the voyage.

We were taken off the ship and driven to a military prison camp in Baalbek. There we were kept for about two months.

This story is told in greater detail in The Tenth Prayer. Esrati was on the Marine Carp with us. My memory of him is vague, but then so are lots of things from those long-ago days.

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