The Blue Mountain / Meir Shalev (1991)

Meir Shalev is also one of Israel’s finest novelists. Rather left wing in his politics, he combines a critical eye with a deep love of the Bible and of the scent and the feel of the land. I include him here not only because he is great, but because he breaks down the stereotype that love of the land must lead to the “right” in politics. His latest books, unfortunately, aren’t yet in English.

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About Daniel Gordis

Dr. Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem. The author of numerous books on Jewish thought and currents in Israel, and a recent winner of the National Jewish Book Award, Dr. Gordis was the founding dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism.

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