Jacob Richman's Book Recommendations

Books I read and highly recommend

Start-up Nation:
The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle

by Dan Senor and Saul Singer
Start-up Nation addresses the trillion dollar question: How is it that Israel-- a country of 7.1 million, only 60 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources-- produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada and the UK?

October 28, 2009 CNBC Interview:

Moving Up:
An Aliyah Journal

by Laura Ben-David
When she packed up her bags, her family, and her life, to depart the United States for a permanent move to Israel, Laura Ben-David never knew that Aliyah would be the most emotional, frustrating, moving, and hilarious experience of her life. "Moving Up: An Aliyah Journal" beautifully captures Laura Ben-David's family's highs and lows as they navigate Israeli bureaucracy, a new culture, a host of remarkable characters, and a 2,000-year-old dream, all with wit, energy, and passion. Compulsory reading for anyone considering Aliyah or already living in Israel, but all will enjoy this book - over and over again.

YouTube video on The Making of an Aliyah to Israel book:

On Bus Stops, Bakers, and Beggars
Only in Israel!

by Tzivia Ehrlich-Klein
This cheereful, inspiring book will introduce you to some of the wonderful people living in Eretz Yisroel, from the greengrocer to the street cleaner. Like its predecessors, this third volume of real-life vignettes opens a window onto the charm and miracles of daily life in the Holy Land.

Sermons The Year 'Round

by Rabbi Bernard L. Berzon

Online (free)
The ninety Sermons in this book - one drash or more for each sedrah in the chumash - represent a choice of sermons delivered from the pulpit of Congregation Ahavath Israel in Brooklyn, N.Y. since 1939. The sermons are alive with anecdotes, and stories, and quotations that iiluminate the message being presented.

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