The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel's Soul

The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel's Soul

The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel's Soul

The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel's Soul

Synopsis

Focuses on imaginative kosher recipes that are simple to prepare, low fat and health conscious: the recipes explore the wide range of possibilities in kosher cookery from simple lunches to elegant dinner menus. Features a section on Kosher wines. Helen Nash is an established and popular cookery writer. She has studied with famous chefs Michael Field and Lydie Marshall. She lives in New York City.

Excerpt

My parents, both of them born in Israel, came to the United States in 1965--the same year that David Ben-Gurion, founding father of the Jewish state and former prime minister, was handed the resounding electoral defeat that marked the end of his influence over the country. At the time, two facts were obscured from their view. First, neither of my parents suspected that they would be in America for good. My father was a young nuclear physicist who had conducted research at Israel's first nuclear facility at Nahal Sorek. He had been a supporter of Ben-Gurion and a Labor Zionist from his youth, serving as a youth movement counselor in Labor's Noar Oved ("Working Youth") organization in the days when Shimon Peres was among its national stars. And he was, in a sense, a fulfillment of all that David Ben-Gurion had come to stand for: The application of ever-increasing know-how to the construction of a physically and militarily ever more powerful Israel. But like many other physical scientists who left Israel at the time to deepen their knowledge and experience abroad, he could not know that Israel would soon reach the limits of its breathtaking early growth and that there would be little hope of finding employment as a physicist by the time he was ready to go back.

The second fact that was obscured from my parents' view was that the Israel they had left was soon to be altered beyond recognition. Even before . . .

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