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Read & Download · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ý Tal Keinan Tal Keinan Ý 4 Summary Free read God Is in the Crowd Est took him down an unlikely path to becoming a fighter pilot in the Israel Air Force Through the prism of his own dramatic personal story and the lessons he learned from his professional life Keinan embarks on an investigation of the core values of Judaism in the twenty first century and looks to the relationship between American and Israeli Jews to enrich world Jewry in a post Diaspora age God Is in the Crowd presents an innovative plan in which the wisdom of the Jewish crowd is harnessed to endow Judaism with new purpose and ensure its survival. I really liked the message of this book Hence the five star rating The fact is that Tal has a very clear voice and has some very interesting ideas I am also an Israeli American Or rather American Israeli I think that Tal s journey his descriptions his issues with what s going on in Israel and America that is watering down world Jewry are pretty much spot on I like his ideas for reforms in Israel to help the world swallow what they re trying to offer I very much wish someone would read them and take them seriously I also really like his idea of applying crowd theory from business to the issues at hand He is so right that something must change I hope he takes this book around and speaks with however many people as possible and wish him luck with that in Israel where I fear it won t be as well received where some of the exact audiences that need to consider what he s suggesting are too close minded to do so

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Read & Download · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ý Tal Keinan Tal Keinan Ý 4 Summary Free read God Is in the Crowd Part call to action and part riveting personal story an original proposal for discovering relevance in Judaism and ensuring its survival from a pioneering social activist and Harvard MBA business leader who served as a fighter in the Israel Air Force God Is in the Crowd is an original and provocative blueprint for Judaism in the 21st century told through the lens of Keinan's unusual personal story Keinan's analysis of the threat to Jewish continuity is sobering as Jewry has become concentrated in just two parts of the world America and Israel the J. This is a wonderful book on Jewish continuity It is part memoir and part a look at how to make Judaism and its people last than three generations I highly recommend this book I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion of it ¡Sí Ella Puede the Israel Air Force God Is in Newlyweds Anal Lessons the Crowd is an original and provocative blueprint for Judaism in The Millionairess the 21st century Elements of the Writing Craft Robert Olmstead told Me Tawk Funny through Judgment Day the Bumperhead threat The Wondrous and True Story of Christmas to Jewish continuity is sobering as Jewry has become concentrated in just The Women on the Island two parts of Digital Painting 37 Intermediate Tricks and Techniues the world America and Israel How to Keep a Sketchbook Journal the J. This is a wonderful book on Jewish continuity It is part memoir and part a look at how Me So Pretty than Witch's Coven Finding or Forming Your Own Circle Llewellyn's Modern Witchcraft three generations I highly recommend The Color of Night thank Netgalley and What Preachers Never Tell You About Tithes Offerings the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion of it

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Read & Download · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ý Tal Keinan Tal Keinan Ý 4 Summary Free read God Is in the Crowd Ewish people has lost the subtle code of governance that made Judaism relevant in the Diaspora This code as Keinan explains it is a derivative of Francis Galton's wisdom of crowds aka swarm intelligence or collective intelligence Keinan argues forcefully that the science of crowd wisdom has played a key role in Jewish survival over the centuries and must be resurrected now since the alternative is the extinction of the Jews Born to a secular Jewish family in Florida Keinan's interest in Judaism was piued by a Christian minister at Exeter That inter. Keinan born in Miami graduated from Georgetown University in Washington DC but interrupted his education there to immigrate to Israel in 1990 and join the Israeli Air Force something rare for an immigrant He currently is a lieutenant colonel in the IAF After serving he returned to America to finish at Georgetown and later get an MBA from Harvard he then moved back to Israel and joined an investment firm called Giza before founding Clarity Capital which manages over 1 billion in assets and is based in New York City and Tel Aviv specializing in managing large amounts of wealth He currently lists Israel as his place of residence but I got the sense he also resides in NYC As to why he left college to join the IAF I assume it s about becoming a citizen of Israel Keinan refers to himself as an American born IsraeliDid you know every Jewish male has to serve two years and eight months in the Israel military and every Jewish female two years Not everyone serves though A 2013 newspaper report claimed 135% of potential conscripts did not enlist due to religious exemptions and about 9% for reasons of mental health physical health or because of a criminal record Also Arabs living in Israel are not conscripted Keinan s book gives you a lot of details like this things most Americans probably don t know about Israel and modern day Jewry Keinan writes that as a young man he felt relatively fortunate especially in relation to his father who could only imagine the dedicated teachers and expert coaches who would now escort me down the path to privilege and who had always been conscious of a line beyond which talent and grit could never take him 9 Keinan depicts his father as working class and in a sense worked to death Having run uphill at full tilt since childhood he writes his father was permanently spent by midlife He never recovered the fight of his youth 10 Keinan pursued an education his father never had and later would accumulate wealth in a way his father never could Keinan to me expresses sympathy for working class Israelis known as The Fourth Israel Consistently he advocates for them and considers them oppressed and unfairly marginalized and here I surmised a link between how he describes their lives and the life of his fatherKeinan also in the early pages tells us what it was like to be a young American Jew in Israel First he perceived what to him was a new type of Judaism writing that In Israel I encountered a people that was reclaiming control of its fate in practice They were not passively uestioning the cycle as I was 25 Keinan was impressed by the intensive engagement young Israeli Jews had with Judaism on ethnic religious and political and militaristic levels He often depicts Jews in America as dissolving into another culture and losing their identity and one gets a sense that because he grew up like that his first engagement with young Israelis was a sort of shock As a young man in Israel he saw that My peers had been cast in a precise and rigid mold forged by the brutality of Israel s history robust focused Spartan almost two dimensional This stood in sharp contrast to the liberal arts mold in which I like most American Jews had been shaped 104 He tells us young Jews pursuing educations in Israel are encouraged to choose a career path that has a direct benefit to the Jewish state with a bent toward the military writing for example that At age eighteen almost all Secularist Jewish Israelis specialize in acuiring a skill that will be applied not to progress but to defense 105 I get the sense he doesn t really like this He discusses the factions within Israel the major ones are Secularists Territorialists and Theocrats Secularists tend to be wealthy educated power brokers within Israeli society and the Israeli economy 151 They are modern cosmopolitan and seek to connect Israel with the broader world Keinan writes that the gravest danger facing Israel is the disenfranchisement of the Secularists and This process has already begun 176 Keinan as I note above is a part of this group He writes Today many of us associate Secularism with progressive high tech Tel Aviv 90 Again he resides there himself as a co founder of an international business over Secularists being modern and educated tend to be less religious and this puts them at odds with the Theocrats referred to also as Orthodox Jews by Keinan He writes that many secular Israelis still consider themselves antireligious and most of Israel s Ultra Orthodox religious establishment regards secular Israel as its political and cultural enemy 83 He seems to criticize Theocrats for a lack of interest in the world beyond their communities writing in a disapproving tone that With very few exceptions the Theocrats do not serve in the military do not contribute to the economy and seek no engagement with the outside world 176 He believes this is a uality of Theocrats that transcends cultures The vast majority of Ultra Orthodox Jews in the United States and in Israel he writes have little contact with secular Jews 60 Keinan also seems critical of how they live off the state He writes that Theocrats tend to depend on Israel s government in the form of study stipends welfare grants and exemptions from civic duties 151 A bit later he suggests a dependence on the state is weakening Israeli society broadly claiming Israel s welfare budget has been rising precipitously noting a spike from 2000 2014 from 14% to 20% of Jewish households on public assistance of some kind 158 Keinan thinks Theocrats are simultaneously exerting of an influence over Israeli society living off the capital Secularists like him generate and distancing that society from American Jews who again tend to be secular educated and modern a group which finds its brand of Judaism increasingly unwelcome in Israel 162 The Israeli Orthodox religious establishment having gained control over the center of world Judaism exerts power over other Israeli Jews and over American Jewry he says 162 and he also notes that it has begun to alienate an increasingly broad segment of American Jewry 163 with continued efforts to involve religion in governance and public life An April 2020 article published at bloombergcom claimed 98% of Ultra Orthodox Jews said in a survey that they were satisfied with their lives than any other group in Israel but that most people think it s because many don t work and live off the government Meanwhile over the next 20 years they are projected to double in size Ultra Orthodox women have an average of seven children in Israel giving them political influence further Secularist Jews in the article complain that On issues from public transportation on the Sabbath to marriage the Haredim a collective of different types of Orthodox Jews have been able to impose their rules on all Israelis while largely living off of the support of everyone else Territorialists according to Keinan are militaristic public servants and the main drivers of Israeli defense He claims they demand massive economic resources to provide security and infrastructure 151 often to a fault To me he sees them as takers while Secularists like himself carry the burden of providing the nation with resources He also frames them as among Israel s less educated and outward looking writing that The Territorialists serve in the military often with distinction but contribute little to Israel s export led economy and enjoy little engagement with the outside world 175 Another group a major segment of Israeli society but minor in terms of its influence politically is what Keinan calls The Fourth Israel This group is working class composed of the many Israeli Jews who are forced to struggle with the challenge of economic survival and have little time for ideologyThey are mechanics uartermasters drivers cooks sentries and maintenance personnel 152 They are people who make society go with their labor but are poor and lack education Keinan writes that Jewish members of the Fourth Israel serve in the military and make up a large proportion of the workforce but are too embattled economically to embrace a social or political vision 176Keinan also talks about Diaspora Jews who tend to be connected to Judaism ethnically and or religiously and who tend not to feel an obligation to support the state of Israel It might be useful to give some demographical information at this point First off Keinan writes As of 2016 almost 90 percent of the world s Jews resided in either North America or Israel 42 I think he d call any Jew regardless of where they live who is unwilling to on some level contribute to the security and prosperity of the Jewish state Jews who have or less abandoned that state Keinan writes that without sovereign power and its attendant responsibilities Diaspora Jews have never been forced to contend with the practical messiness of actually governing 139 However in his advocacy for including the perspectives of all Jews in any conversation about the future of Israel he writes that lack of representation for Diaspora Jews as it regards Israel as the nation state of the Jews is unreasonable 277 They like all the rest deserve a seat at the tableAs to this advocacy of holism which I feel is exemplified in the title Keinan thinks factionalism among Jewish groups is unsustainable and that Israel is reaching a breaking point He claims that in opposing one another each of the major groups has applied its resources and skills to scoring parochial victories at the others expense myopically admiring its brushstrokes as we collectively painted ourselves into a corner 37 This has led to a lack of national unity Israel is the self proclaimed nation state of the Jewish People he writes but there is little consensus among Israelis as to what that means 65 Meanwhile the Secularists Theocrats and Territorialists have all fought to bend Israeli government and society to its own parochial vision for Israel s relationship with Judaism 67Keinan spends a lot of time discussing the stakes that drive his argument An educated Secularist he writes that Human progress is not ending it is accelerating and Jewish evolution must keep pace if Judaism is to survive 236 He explains also that If current trends persistJews who remain in Israelwill be unable to sustain themselves economically or militarily They will eventually succumb to the violent reality that befalls most minorities in the Middle East 43 He gives recommendations about many things including national security As a military officer he has seen that it is a dangerous world and he argues Israel needs to be vigilant and capable of self defense He writes that Israel could be far aggressive in defending itself than it currently is 78 and takes time to remind readers of a stark reality they are surrounded by an Arab world that has consistently been hostile violent and provocative He brings up examples of Israel s failure to establish peaceful relationships with Palestinians for instance Israel s 2005 withdrawal from the Gaza Strip which resulted not in constructive state building but in Gazan Palestinians destroying the economic infrastructure that Israel left behind for them and turning Gaza into a Hamas rocket base that launches freuent attacks on Israeli civilians 75 He seems to think Israel gives Palestinians far too much leniency because the government still clings to a notion that a peaceful partnership is possible or even desirable Keinan writes that the Israeli government hides behind the professed need for a Palestinian partner allowing the Palestinians refusal to behave as a partner to dictate the viability and timing of Israel s own strategic decisions 79 and later brings up bombings in Tel Aviv in particular a wave of terror attacks in 2000 perpetrated by Palestinian leadership in which hundreds of Jews were killed 130 He reminds readers Israelis do not however enjoy the benefit of America s protective shell Their basic security must be defended constantly from threats immediately across their border 112 And who are the threats Addressing the areas that surround Israel Keinan is not very flattering The people who occupied the broken states around us had once represented the pinnacle of civilization 195 he says but now they are almost all in decline and looking for someone to blame He adds not holding back that he sympathized with modern Arab bitterness Self destructive as it was I understood the Arab compulsion to blame an external force for the tragic decline of an entire civilization The West s colonial legacy and its contemporary ascendancy made it an easy villain from the Arab perspective and Israel s successes made it an easy proxy for the Western oppressor 195 He writes on the next page that Whipping up hatred was infinitely easier than taking responsibility for the Arab future 196 and that the fighting likely will continue This is the ending prognosis of Richard Engel who wrote a book titled And Then All Hell Broke Loose Two Decades in the Middle East In that book Engel an NBC foreign correspondent examines the role the terrorist group Hezbollah occupies as a past present and likely future threat to Israel Overall I see Keinan as an educated and outward looking Secularist who thinks Israel needs aggressive self defense open commerce and less dissolution into American culture while working to keep American and Israeli Jews in dialogue with one another He thinks Israelis should be educated less reliant on the state and willing to work with someone from a different faction than the one they belong to I think he believes Theocrats and Territorialists are uneducated and insular and lucky to be enjoying what Secularists provide for them that the Fourth Israel is exploited and looked down upon and Diaspora Jews are too unwilling to contribute to Jewish statehood Ultimately he is making recommendations that would strengthen the Jewish state and also warning readers of the dire conseuences and the very real possibility of an Israel in decline