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Exodus by Leon Uris
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May 29, 09

Read in May, 2009

Great book. It's an historical fiction of the founding of Israel, plus some background about Jews' life in Europe (Russia, Poland, Germany) in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Jews did amazing things in Palestine, buying up undesirable land from Arab landlords and transforming it into farmland, defending themselves against raids from Arab neighbors, getting more immigrants over, etc. So much hard work and hard fighting, there's too much to recount. There's a lovely section on Yemeni Jews. They were sent by King Solomon to settle in Queen Sheba's lands, then they got stuck there and history forget about them. They were still wearing clothing styles worn in King Solomon's times. From rumors they learned that Yemen declared war on Israel. They inferred from this that Israel must have been refounded, and they believed that the Messiah had returned, so they endeavor to leave Yemen. Really interesting how they get out. You will have a better understanding of the current problems from this book too.
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