Day 3 - Our Virtual Classroom/Sharing Resources

On our third day of introduction, we start with a few words about this virtual classroom.  We hope that like in a classroom, you will think of the space for blog postings at the bottom of the page, as the virtual version of raising your hand in class!  Enter your questions, share comments or make resource suggestions.  Your participation will enhance the learning experience for everyone.   Like any classroom we ask that blog post be respectful.  (The editors reserve the right to remove offensive or inappropriate posts)

By way of introduction, the first two days offered a sampling of books to get you started as well as news sources to follow the events of the day in Israel and Palestine.  As we indicated on the first day, there are many ways to tell the story of this ancient land and the peoples who reside there today.  Who you are, where you live, your religious identity, and your ethnic identity -- all of these factors and more contribute to a wide range of different and often competing narratives. As we prepare to travel together, we will read a variety of sources and begin to sort through the divergent claims and perspectives.  Also, readers will have many different specific interest for study.  Each week on the blog, we will attempt to bring resources to a particular theme and will highlight resources related to the theme.  Beyond the major topics please let us know and we will attempt to connect to resources or respond to questions that are of interest to you.

Today, we want to mention at least a few other resources that may be of interest as we prepare to study together.   The first is a resource one of our YDS students recently pointed out as a helpful resource on the Atlantic Monthly website.  She writes:

Here are links to a series on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from The Atlantic and the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace.

Click here for the introduction to the 4-part series.

Click here for the frequently-updated homepage of their series, entitled "Is Peace Possible?"

This series is focusing on borders, security, refugees, and Jerusalem. They recently updated the section on refugees. I especially recommend the videos under each section, since they are quite well done, both graphically and content-wise.  When you scroll down, you will find multiple links to supplementary articles.”

Over the weeks as we have been preparing this study we have received numerous suggestions of books, articles and other resources.  Here are a just few more:

  1. One friend suggests:  Two edgy contemporary political books for your reading list: “The Unmaking of Israel” by Gershon Gorenberg  and Sari Nusseibeh’s book, “What is a Palestine State Worth?” 
  2. A seminar participant brought our attention to the New York Times Book Review's piece on Simon Sebag Montefiore's new book on Jerusalem:
  3. Still another friend provided us a link to  the Holyland Alternatives website, found here  It has a long list of books and resources.

If you find a good book, please share your reading suggestions!  

These three introductory posts should serve to get us started.  Next week, Dean Harold Attridge will be posting with reflections about history.