A Voice Called [NOOK Book]


In his inspiring book A VOICE CALLED, Yossi Katz has brilliantly sketched the biographies of his (and perhaps our) real heroes. He portrays a collage of heroes who will inspire each and every one of us.

The book title takes its name from a poem by the great Hebrew poetess and partisan Hannah Senesh, who wrote, "A voice called and I went." In the same way the men and women included in this book answered the call, stepping up to do what was ...

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In his inspiring book A VOICE CALLED, Yossi Katz has brilliantly sketched the biographies of his (and perhaps our) real heroes. He portrays a collage of heroes who will inspire each and every one of us.

The book title takes its name from a poem by the great Hebrew poetess and partisan Hannah Senesh, who wrote, "A voice called and I went." In the same way the men and women included in this book answered the call, stepping up to do what was needed to help the Jewish people and to make the Zionist idea into reality.

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Katz (teacher, Alexander Muss H.S., Israel), a former combat soldier for the Israel Defense Forces, offers a collection of brief historical and biographical narratives about a wide range of Jewish heroes, from Theodor Herzl in the 19th century to the likes of Hannah Senesh in the 20th century to living and less-well-known exemplars. Katz's writing and method are straightforward, and his perspective is uncomplicatedly both Jewish and, necessarily, Zionist. Katz is sensitive to the contributions of women to the Jewish struggle; photographs lend specificity and poignance. VERDICT An introductory-level text for readers who are interested in a Zionist understanding of the history of Israel since the later 19th century.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000883181
  • Publisher: Gefen Publishing House
  • Publication date: 4/30/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,305,294
  • File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 "If You Will It, It Is No Dream!" Theodor Herzl 1

Chapter 2 A Poem That Awakened a Nation Haim Nahman Bialik 11

Chapter 3 The Heroes of HaShomer Michael Halpern Manya Shochat 21

Chapter 4 "Ivri, Daber Ivrit!" Eliezer Ben-Yehuda 29

Chapter 5 The Nili Spies Sarah Aaronsohn 35

Chapter 6 My Hero and My Friend Rahel Shelly 41

Chapter 7 "HaYedid"-Friend and Hero Orde Wingate 49

Chapter 8 Heroines and Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto 57

Chapter 9 Answering the Call Hannah Senesh 69

Chapter 10 A Jewish Champion, in and out of the Ring Victor "Young" Perez 75

Chapter 11 Continuing the Fight Barney Ross 79

Chapter 12 The Road to the Gallows Dov Gruner 85

Chapter 13 Dignity in the Shadow of the Gallows Barazani Feinstein 91

Chapter 14 Hatikvah Murray Greenfield 97

Chapter 15 American Jew-Hero of Israel David Marcus 105

Chapter 16 The Spy Who Saved a Nation Eli Cohen 111

Chapter 17 "Let My People Go" Jacob Birnbaum Natan Sharansky 117

Chapter 18 Heroes of Yom Kippur Avigdor Kahalani Zvika Greengold 125

Chapter 19 Letter from a Fallen Son Morris Katz 133

Chapter 20 A Hero in Words and Deeds Yoni 137

Chapter 21 The OC Mourning a Modern Maccabee Raful 145

Chapter 22 "To Die or to Conquer the Mountain" Menachem Begin 151

Chapter 23 "...For All Your Songs" Naomi Shemer 159

Chapter 24 The Red Beret Brian Bebchick 167

Chapter 25 Alex Adam 171

Chapter 26 A Symbol in Space Ilan Ramon 179

Chapter 27 "Proud, Generous and Fierce" David Sprung 185

Chapter 28 "Shema Yisrael" and the Legacy of Rabbi Akiva Roi Klein 191

Chapter 29 "Aharai!" Michael Levin 195

Chapter 30 Putting Israel on the Map Tal Brody 203

Chapter 31 The Heroes at Home Yonatan Ben-Meir 209

Chapter 32 Letters from Israel Irv Miriam Katz 213

Epilogue: Meeting My Hero 223

Bibliography 227

About the Author 233

About AMHSI 235

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

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    Really Worth Reading!

    This is such an interesting book and so well written! This book is a compilation by author Yossi Katz of stories of Jewish heroism which are related to the reader with both pride and poignancy. A skilled storyteller, Katz will keep any reader captivated and pull on the heartstrings of Jew and non Jew alike. Well-known heroes such as Menachim Begin, Hannah Senesh and Barney Ross the boxer are included in this book. But it is the actions of the ordinary heroes who helped create and sustain the small country of Israel throughout its development and its battles for survival that really enhance this amazing collection of stories.

    The men and women that Katz writes about, some were born in Israel and others born in America or in Europe, but all have one thing in common, a devotion to the state of Israel and a pride in being Jewish. Here is an example of one of Katz's heroes...David Marcus, an All-American athlete and Rhodes scholar who left West Point when WWII broke out and renlisted in the army. He fought in Europe and actually was present at the liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp. Haunted by what he saw he became committed to helping establish a Jewish homeland in Israel. His remarkable life story is told by Katz. Marcus' story is only one of many incredible stories that will give you a greater faith in the goodness of human beings and in the belief that under duress people can behave in extraordinary ways.
    What is most impressive about this book is that author Yossi Katz is able to relate everything that is key to a person's life and his/her spirit in just a few pages and he does this in such a moving way that the reader just wants to keep reading about more heroes. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I plan to share it with friends and family who i know will also enjoy it. I encourage others to get this book and read it, you wont' regret it!

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

    fantastic book for classes or for individuals

    "A Voice Called" is a book that is obviously written by a passionate teacher.
    I had the priveledge of hearing some of these stories at Alexander Muss, as did my sons. We have told Yossi for years to write the stories that he has been using in teaching, and finally he has. Many of these short biographies are of people who are are less known, and deserve to be told. A wonderful variety of people from athletes to soldiers, and rulers to students, both men and women.
    This is a great book for classrooms, or to give to your favorite child as a gift. You will not be disapointed or bored.
    Yossi writes the way that he teaches, capturing the attention of the listener (reader) and teaching when they least expect it.
    I highly recommened this book, as do my kids!

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