Books by Daniel Gordis

ISRAEL by Daniel Gordis
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A readable, concise history that effectively captures the sense of grand ideas in Israel's identity."
A thematic one-volume survey of Israel delineating the evolution of late-19th-century Zionism through the tumultuous defense of the nascent state to today's rise of the religious right. Read full book review >
MENACHEM BEGIN by Daniel Gordis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"For Gordis, Begin stands as an exemplary leader whose selflessness and deep loyalty to the Jewish people and to Israel should inspire any who may question 'the legitimacy of love for a specific people or devotion to its ancestral homeland.'"
A life of Menachem Begin (1913-1992) considers his legacy. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A work that dazzles with its nuance as it winds up to sock you in the gut."
Los Angeles transplant Gordis chronicles his family's first few years of emigré life in Jerusalem through a mix of news headlines, essays, and e-mails sent to friends around the world. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 6, 1999

"That is just one of many lessons in Gordis's book that will benefit both Jews and Gentiles, parents and those with no plans to procreate."
Rabbi Gordis, dean of the University of Judaism's rabbinical school, has written extensively about why adult Jews should care about Judaism (Does the World Need the Jews?, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

A leading rabbi argues that only a proud American Jewry, knowledgeable about its faith and history, can offer a corrective, even subversive force to American culture. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"An accessible, attractive guide for the returning Jew."
Rabbi Gordis (Univ. of Judaism) leads us through the main areas of Jewish life, rebutting the charge that Judaism does not offer a spiritual path and suggesting answers to the question, Why be Jewish? Read full book review >