Description: In a collection of 36 short essays, accompanied by 32 color photos, America Online columnist Micah D. Halpern offers insight into the reactions behind the happenings, the people behind the politics and the dynamics and significance of world diplomacy as Israel shapes and reacts to world events.
With a ready wit, probing intellect and engaging style, Halpern addresses all audiences, those intimately involved with Israel, and those who know it only from headlines. He provides readers with an understanding of the hows and whys that make Israelis tick. His essays range over a broad array of subjects - from the significance of the Holy Land for Christians and Jews and the ramifications of the Millennium to the sorry state of education to the always fluctuating state of the nation. From a first hand probe into the anatomy and devastation of a bus bombing to the civil conflict threatening the infrastructure of the country to a small and growing revolution - the kosher wine revolution.
Halpern looks at the good and the bad, the successes and the failures of the people and their leaders. With a historian's eye and an educator's sensibilities these essays weave together the story of a vibrant, struggling people living in a country that is fifty years young and thousands of years old as it prepares itself for the future, on the brink of the Millennium.
On-Line with Israel at the Millenium: Insights into Life and Religion will touch the heart and stimulate the mind of anyone who has ever been curious about the place of Israel within the greater context of the Middle East and the world, and everyone interested in the shaping of history, religion and politics.