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Paul F. Herring

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Loved it!

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Reviewed: 04-12-2020

great book, impressive narration. good australian tale with some good twists and characters. the author is a great wordsmith.

Great Insights and Options

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Reviewed: 17-07-2020

When nearly finish I wrote Part A:

Right now feel rather despondent with respect to the future of Israel, of Judaism and of the world.
Tal has great insights into the state of Jewry in the Diaspora as well as Israel and the state of Israel's continued ability to prevent its own demise. He very powerfully sums up the serious complexity and granularity of the people and the State and the increasing and very sobering signs of their demise.
This book makes it ever more clear that both Israel and the world need to hold their breath for Mashiach. There is no other long term solution it would seem.
Tal explains that their are really 4 significant and very distinct groups of people in Israel and with the Diaspora which is very much concentrated in the USA, and also increasingly distinct and separate, a total of 5 groups that will ultimately determine the long term fate of Judaism, the Jewish people and Israel.
In summary, these groups are the

1) The theocrats (the Ultra-Orthodox in Israel who have significant political power but do next to nothing to defend Eretz Israel which is surrounded by enemies intent on her demise). Through their rabbinic rulings they are also increasingly rejecting, separating and isolating the other groups
2) The Territorialists, those Jews who have populated Judea and Samaria, and the other Territories that are 'disputed' and that require a very significant budget to defend. This group at least is very supportive of Israel (as most are the Zionists and therefore have a strong sense of loyalty to the State of Israel and are willing to defend it). So while they are over-represented in the Israeli Defence Forces, as a group they are a net drain on the economy of the State.

3) The Secularists (who mainly live in Tel Aviv) are the true backbone of the economic and defensive support of Israel, though their loyalty is being increasingly challenged as the Theocrats continue to disenfranchise them.

4) The Fourth Israel are those Israelis; Jews, Arabs and others who are struggling for economic survival and who are not therefore able to significantly support the State of Israel and who may not even share the visions of any of the other three groups.
5) The Diaspora Jews (mostly American Jews) are increasingly off-side with all of these groups in Israel, even the Securalists and are in rapid decline as well because of factors such as inter-marriage so that their financial, logistic and even physical support of Israel continues to decline.
Tal is able to paint a clear picture of the diverse nature of the Jewish people today and of the complex and deteriorating nature of Judaism as well.
It is a bleak and scary picture - for a country and people chosen to be a light to the nations, the future extinction of the State of Israel would clearly appear to be antithetical to HaShem's plans for humanity. Yet it could also demonstrate unequivocally that we need Mashiach to step into this bleak portent and finally bring into full bloom the Great Day of Redemption.

Part B having finished the book:
Tal Keinan has some great ideas and proposals to 'save' Judaism and the Jewish people from a potential extinction over the next 2-3 generations.
I get where he is coming from as a non-religious person who does not believe in Yehovah and yet who sees much value in his tribe that were chosen by Yehovah to be a light to the rest of the world. Keinan sees the 'Light' but not the Giver of the 'Light'.
His passion and sincerity are to be admired and his proposals are definitely worthy of serious reflection and some attempt at implementing, but I fear Keinan will remain unsatisfied by how little his tribe overall appears to hear his call or has any great desire to heed it.

But Yehovah is not and never will be beaten, His plan will bear fruit; His People will live on; His Israel will remain and His Maschiach will bring redemption to Israel, the Jewish People and the entire world. Baruch HaShem!

Exodus Explained!

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Reviewed: 01-05-2019

Without one of the best commentaries I have ever read on Exodus - outstanding in many ways and in places most illuminating!

Great read!

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Reviewed: 01-05-2019

Overall an excellent book with and from a very well-informed and yet somewhat alternative perspective. Judge Jeanine did go on a bit in some places, so some of it was a little verbose, but the overall message was very rational, believable, verifiable and accurate, as well as enlightening and even entertaining.

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Democrats - the real fascists and racists

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Reviewed: 15-10-2018

a great book and a good followup to the big lie. great research and analysis again from D'Souza. compelling reading even for an Australian and NZer.

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Listening again ...

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Reviewed: 24-02-2018

I have now started my second reading of '12 Rules for Life …' by Jordan Peterson.

I am very impressed overall with this book. His rules are excellent, pertinent, practical and essentially common sense (or at least they would be if presented a generation or two ago before the world went mad thanks to the serious indoctrination by the fascist left through the MSM, Hollywood and Academia).

Peterson may be beginning to redress this horror - the Youtube post of his interview with Cathy Newman has already been viewed over 7 million times since it was posted only 1 month ago. Ms Newman was totally humiliated, but it was all her own doing. Peterson's calm, measured, respectful and highly articulate response is well worth watching.

I am not convinced all his arguments are valid though. Certainly I agree with most of his conclusions and I hope to better appreciate them through a second 'read' (on Audible). But I am convinced that some of his pre-suppositions are totally flawed. For example, he seriously (sadly! Really! He needs to read more!) believes in Darwinism. And his pop-psychology approach to the Bible is also lacking in depth and this may reflect his upbringing to some extent, but it also reflects a lack of serious scholarship here (despite his generally outstanding, extensive and comprehensive reading in general).

It is most notable in his lack of knowledge of Jewish and Rabbinic scholarship, which at times leads to a somewhat superficial take on the narratives and sayings of the New Testament.

Despite these minor misgivings I strongly recommend this book.

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Had a gay time

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Reviewed: 03-11-2017

As much as a book can be dangerous this one is! had a good laugh as well. Thanks Milo!

a must read for educators

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Reviewed: 10-08-2017

Read it twice already! now to implement what I've learned! awesome and empowering. The new frontier of learning.

The best book on Genesis

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Reviewed: 15-02-2016

Awesome. Most impressive. Thank you so much Prof. Rendsburg. Possibly the best book of dozens I have read on Genesis.

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Very engaging and enlightening!

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Reviewed: 20-12-2015

Loved this audio presentation - now listening for a second time.

Would love a textual version as well.