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Gordis, Daniel

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Works: 33 works in 123 publications in 4 languages and 5,121 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Records and correspondence  Autobiographies  Personal correspondence  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Academic theses 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Daniel Gordis
Pledges of Jewish allegiance : conversion, law, and policymaking in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Orthodox responsa by David Harry Ellenson( )

7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the late 1700s, when the Jewish community ceased to be a semiautonomous political unit in Western Europe and the United States and individual Jews became integrated-culturally, socially, and politically-into broader society, questions surrounding Jewish status and identity have occupied a prominent and contentious place in Jewish legal discourse. This book examines a wide array of legal opinions written by nineteenth- and twentieth-century orthodox rabbis in Europe, the United States, and Israel. It argues that these rabbis' divergent positions-based on the same legal precedents-demonstr
Israel : a concise history of a nation reborn by Daniel Gordis( Book )

15 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and Chinese and held by 979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Presenting a brief but thorough account of the cultural, economic and political history of the state of Israel, a public intellectual sheds light on the past of this complex nation, one rife with conflict, so that readers can understand its future."--
Menachem Begin : the battle for Israel's soul by Daniel Gordis( Book )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reviled as a fascist by his great rival Ben-Gurion, venerated by Israel's underclass, the first Israeli to win the Nobel Peace Prize, a proud Jew but not a conventionally religious one, Menachem Begin was both complex and controversial. Born in Poland in 1913, Begin was a youthful admirer of the Revisionist Zionist movement. A powerful orator, Begin was imprisoned by the Soviets in 1940, joined the Free Polish Army in 1942, and arrived in Palestine as a Polish soldier shortly thereafter. Joining the underground paramilitary Irgun in 1943, he achieved instant notoriety for the organization's violent acts. Intentionally left out of the new Israeli government, Begin's right-leaning Herut party became a fixture of the opposition, until the surprising parliamentary victory of his political coalition in 1977 made him prime minister. Welcoming Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to Israel and cosigning a peace treaty with him on the White House lawn in 1979, Begin accomplished what his predecessors could not. His outreach to Ethiopian Jews and Vietnamese "boat people" was universally admired, and his decision to bomb Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981 is now regarded as an act of courageous foresight. But the disastrous invasion of Lebanon, combined with his declining health and the death of his wife, led Begin to resign in 1983. He spent the next nine years in virtual seclusion, until his death in 1992. Begin was buried not alongside Israel's prime ministers, but alongside the Irgun comrades who died in the struggle to create the Jewish national home to which he had devoted his life. Daniel Gordis's perceptive biography gives us new insight into a remarkable political figure whose influence continues to be felt throughout the world.--From publisher description
Saving Israel : how the Jewish people can win a war that may never end by Daniel Gordis( Book )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Jewish State must end, say its enemies, from intellectuals like Tony Judt to hate-filled demagogues like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Even average Israelis are wondering if they wouldn't be better off somewhere else. A country which once restored hope to Jews world-over now feels itself slipping. Increasingly, Israelis wonder how much has really been accomplished and whether they ought to persevere. Can Israel win the next military war for survival, whomever the foe? Can Israel defuse the demographic time bomb of a growing Arab population? Can Israel, a country that s come so far and sacrificed so much, keep up the will to fight? Daniel Gordis is confident his fellow Jews can renew their faith in the cause, and in Saving Israel, he outlines how. Gordis has written many popular personal essays and memoirs in the past, but Saving Israel is a full-throated call to arms. Never has the case for defending - no, celebrating - the existence of Israel been so clear, so passionate, or so worthy of wholehearted support."--BOOK JACKET
God was not in the fire : the search for a spiritual Judaism by Daniel Gordis( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What we are. he discusses the elements of Judaism which provide the Compellingly rich, textured and deeply spiritual dimension which many Jews are seeking
Does the world need the Jews? : rethinking chosenness and American Jewish identity by Daniel Gordis( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rabbi Daniel Gordis "argues that by assimilating so thoroughly into American culture, Jews have lost their distinctive voice. He contends that important elements of American culture ... undermine American Jewish identity. Gordis suggests that American Jews must be willing to stand out rather than blend in, and he urges a return to the substance and richness of Jewish tradition."--Jacket
Becoming a Jewish parent : how to explore spirituality and tradition with your children by Daniel Gordis( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book shows how to enrich children's lives with Judaism, in the process you become better parents
The promise of Israel : why its seemingly greatest weakness is actually its greatest strength by Daniel Gordis( Book )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book discusses the relationship between Israel and the Middle East. The author says that other countries in the Middle East should emulate Israel's example
Coming together, coming apart : a memoir of heartbreak and promise in Israel by Daniel Gordis( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How do you raise children in a land of suicide bombings and rocket attacks? Can a society preserve its moral principles through five decades of war? With the Intifada raging and America about to invade Iraq, with Saddam Hussein threatening missile attacks on Israel, how can anyone resist the temptation to hate the enemy? Gordis explores all of these questions and many more through a series of disarmingly simple anecdotes that nonetheless penetrate deeply into the heart of the matter."--Jacket
Israel : a Concise History of a Nation Reborn by Daniel Gordis( )

12 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first comprehensive yet accessible history of the state of Israel from its inception to present day, from Daniel Gordis, "one of the most respected Israel analysts" (The Forward) living and writing in Jerusalem. Israel is a tiny state, and yet it has captured the world's attention, aroused its imagination, and lately, been the object of its opprobrium. Why does such a small country speak to so many global concerns' More pressingly: Why does Israel make the decisions it does' And what lies in its future' We cannot answer these questions until we understand Israel's people and the questions and conflicts, the hopes and desires, that have animated their conversations and actions. Though Israel's history is rife with conflict, these conflicts do not fully communicate the spirit of Israel and its people: they give short shrift to the dream that gave birth to the state, and to the vision for the Jewish people that was at its core. Guiding us through the milestones of Israeli history, Gordis relays the drama of the Jewish people's story and the creation of the state. Clear-eyed and erudite, he illustrates how Israel became a cultural, economic and military powerhouse-but also explains where Israel made grave mistakes and traces the long history of Israel's deepening isolation. With Israel, public intellectual Daniel Gordis offers us a brief but thorough account of the cultural, economic, and political history of this complex nation, from its beginnings to the present. Accessible, levelheaded, and rigorous, Israel sheds light on the Israel's past so we can understand its future. The result is a vivid portrait of a people, and a nation, reborn
Menachem Begin : the battle for Israel's soul by Daniel Gordis( )

10 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reviled as a fascist by his great rival Ben-Gurion, venerated by Israel's underclass, the first Israeli to win the Nobel Peace Prize, a proud Jew but not a conventionally religious one, Menachem Begin was both complex and controversial. Born in Poland in 1913, Begin was a youthful admirer of the Revisionist Zionist Ze'ev Jabotinsky and soon became a leader within Jabotinsky's Betar movement. A powerful orator and mesmerizing public figure, Begin was imprisoned by the Soviets in 1940, joined the Free Polish Army in 1942, and arrived in Palestine as a Polish soldier shortly thereafter. Joining the underground paramilitary Irgun in 1943, he achieved instant notoriety for the organization's bombings of British military installations and other violent acts. Intentionally left out of the new Israeli government, Begin's right-leaning Herut political party became a fixture of the opposition to the Labor-dominated governments of Ben-Gurion and his successors, until the surprising parliamentary victory of his political coalition in 1977 made him prime minister. Welcoming Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to Israel and cosigning a peace treaty with him on the White House lawn in 1979, Begin accomplished what his predecessors could not. His outreach to Ethiopian Jews and Vietnamese "boat people" was universally admired, and his decision to bomb Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981 is now regarded as an act of courageous foresight. But the disastrous invasion of Lebanon to end the PLO's shelling of Israel's northern cities, combined with his declining health and the death of his wife, led Begin to resign in 1983. He spent the next nine years in virtual seclusion, until his death in 1992. Begin was buried not alongside Israel's prime ministers, but alongside the Irgun comrades who died in the struggle to create the Jewish national home to which he had devoted his life. Daniel Gordis's perceptive biography gives us new insight into a remarkable political figure whose influence continues to be felt both within Israel and throughout the world
Home to stay : one American family's chronicle of miracles and struggles in contemporary Israel by Daniel Gordis( )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the summer of 1998, Daniel Gordis and his family moved to Israel from Los Angeles. They planned to be there for a year, but a few months into their stay, Gordis and his wife decided to remain in Jerusalem permanently, confident that their children would be among the first generation of Israelis to grow up in peace. Immediately after arriving in Israel, Daniel had started sending out e-mails about his life to friends and family abroad. These missives'passionate, thoughtful, beautifully written, and informative'began reaching a much broader readership than he'd ever envisioned, eventually being excerpted in The New York Times Magazine to much acclaim. An edited and finely crafted collection of his original e-mails, Home to Stay is a first-person, immediate account of Israel's post-Oslo meltdown that cuts through the rhetoric and stridency of most dispatches from that country or from the international media. This is must reading for anyone who wants to get a firsthand, personal view of what it's like for a family on the front lines of war. From the Trade Paperback edition
Menachem Begin's Zionist legacy( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Menakhem Begin : bitva za dushu Izrailia͡ by Daniel Gordis( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in Russian and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Significance through symbol : redefining authority in Jewish law by Daniel Gordis( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Behaving and believing, behaving and belonging by Daniel Gordis( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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1 edition published in 2015 in Hebrew and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Izrailʹ : istorii︠a︡ gosudarstva by Daniel Gordis( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in Russian and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dialectics of community, continuity and compassion : the legal writings of Rabbi David Zevi Hoffmann and their philosophic foundations by Daniel Gordis( )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Celebrating our uniqueness : am kadosh by Daniel Gordis( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Saving Israel : how the Jewish people can win a war that may never end
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God was not in the fire : the search for a spiritual JudaismDoes the world need the Jews? : rethinking chosenness and American Jewish identityBecoming a Jewish parent : how to explore spirituality and tradition with your childrenComing together, coming apart : a memoir of heartbreak and promise in IsraelHome to stay : one American family's chronicle of miracles and struggles in contemporary Israel
Alternative Names
Daniel Gordis American rabbi

Daniel Gordis rabino estadounidense

Gordis, Daniel

Gordis, Daniel H.

גורדיס, דניאל

גורדיס, דניאל 1959-

ゴーディス, ダニエル

Languages
English (105)

Russian (2)

Chinese (2)

Hebrew (1)