Tin Soldiers on Jerusalem Beach

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Tin Soldiers on Jerusalem Beach

"Tin Soldiers on Jerusalem Beach" is the name of Chana's dream. It has become, for me, a name of many meanings.

Tin soldiers are here for good. Made of tin, they are permanent and functional. They never die. They certainly do not feel. Do they exist? And what is inside them?

Jerusalem Beach is not to be found on any geographic map. It is a dreamland where even tin soldiers have a life of their own. Here on earth, Jerusalem Beach is an improbable location, perhaps as improbable as this country we are trying to defend and which exists in spite of all rational calculations.

Real soldiers in Jerusalem alleys are our daily reality. This book deals with a separate reality, one of inner-space experience, fantasy, and emotion. Can these two realities be united?

There is no beach in Jerusalem, and soldiers are full-sized human beings. Yet Jerusalem exists, and Chana exists, and dreams exist as well.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Part 1 - VVhen Cannons Are Stilled, Let Voices Be Heard 1
  • Six Wars 3
  • On War and Sanity 7
  • Overview of Gestalt Therapy 11
  • The Groups 18
  • Reactions 21
  • Tin Soldiers on Jerusalem Beach 24
  • Part 2 - The Unfinished Business of War in Israel 25
  • War as a Symbol 27
  • On Freedom and Country 46
  • Reminders of the Holocaust 75
  • War and the Family 95
  • Early Effects of the War 116
  • The Wheelchair Group of 1974__ 143
  • New Group, Old War 160
  • The Shadow of War 193
  • Part 3 - Peacetime Conversations About War 205
  • The Women 261
  • About the Book 289
  • Recommended Readings 305
  • About the Author *
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