Oct 12, 2023
On October 7, 2023, the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur war,
the terrorist group Hamas launched a brutal attack against Israel,
murdering and kidnapping civilians young and old as well as
striking military targets on multiple fronts. At the time of
writing, Israel is at war.
With Israel on my mind and in my heart, I went back and listened to Tammar Stein's 2017 interview on The Book of Life about her middle grade novel, The Six Day Hero, which is about the 1967 Six Day War. I thought you might like to hear it too. FYI, in 2020 Tammar published a companion book, Beni's War, about the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Both books are excellent.
I left the original "tune in next time" teaser on the end of the recording because I found it moving. It was Fawzia Gilani-Williams, author of Yaffa and Fatima, Shalom Salaam, dedicating her episode to the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom because of their message of peace. There's a link to that interview in the show notes.
For a tikkun olam moment of my own, I'm making a donation to Magen David Adom, the Israeli version of the Red Cross. I invite you to join me.
Please see below for additional book recommendations and past podcasts about Israel-related youth literature.
SELECTED PAST BOOK OF LIFE EPISODES ABOUT ISRAEL
Yaffa and Fatima, Shalom Salaam with guest Fawzia Gilani-Williams
The Language of Angels with guest Richard Michelson
The Nazi Hunters with guest Neal Bascome
Unsettled: the Problem of Loving Israel with guest Marc Aronson
Hare and Tortoise Race Across Israel with guest Laura Gehl
Shalom Sesame with guest Veronica Wulff
Wherever You Go with guest Joan Leegant
The Last Shepherd with guest actors Uri Lifshitz and Roni Weissman, writer Gai Bosco, and post production manager Dovi Shraga
A Musical Israel @ 60 with guests Yuval Ron, Fran Manushkin, and Michael Dorf