A Land Twice Promised: An Israeli Woman's Quest for Peace

A Land Twice Promised: An Israeli Woman's Quest for Peace

by Noa Baum


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Israeli storyteller Noa Baum grew up in Jerusalem in the shadow of the ancestral traumas of the holocaust and ongoing wars. Stories of the past and fear of annihilation in the wars of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s shaped her perceptions and identity. In America, she met a Palestinian woman who had grown up under Israeli Occupation, and as they shared memories of war years in Jerusalem, an unlikely friendship blossomed.

A Land Twice Promised delves into the heart of one of the world’s most enduring and complex conflicts. Baum’s deeply personal memoir recounts her journey from girlhood in post­-Holocaust Israel to her adult encounter with “the other.” With honesty, compassion, and humor, she captures the drama of a nation at war and her discovery of humanity in the enemy.

Winner of the 2017Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award, among others, this compelling memoir demonstrates the transformative power of art and challenges each reader to take the first step toward peace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942934493
Publisher: Familius
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Pages: 340
Sales rank: 415,232
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Noa Baum is an award-winning storyteller who combines performance art with practical applications of storytelling in business, community and education.

Noa performs and teaches internationally with diverse audiences ranging from The World Bank, US. Defense Department, prestigious universities and congregations, to inner city schools and detention centers. She is a winner of a Parents' Choice Recommended Award and a Storytelling World Award, and a recipient of numerous Individual Artist Awards from Maryland State Arts Council and Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. She has lived in the US since 1990.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Beginnings 1

Chapter 2 What I Know About THEM 17

Chapter 3 Names on the Wall 35

Chapter 4 Army Days 51

Chapter 5 I'm Not into Politics 65

Chapter 6 My Brother's Keeper 81

Chapter 7 Detours 97

Chapter 8 Uncharted Territory 105

Chapter 9 The Meeting 115

Chapter 10 Starting to Talk 129

Chapter 11 A Decision Unfolds 153

Chapter 12 Putting the Pieces Together 167

Chapter 13 Life Gets in the Way 185

Chapter 14 A Work in Progress 201

Chapter 15 Stories from the Road 217

Chapter 16 My Mother's Candle 241

Chapter 17 On Despair and Hope 249

Notes 263

Resources 287

About the Author 291

"A Land Twice Promised"-Show Transcript 323

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