Impossible Takes Longer: The Next 75 Years for Israel
Israel and Zionism
World and Contemporary Judaism
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On Israel’s 75th anniversary, Daniel Gordis offers a nuanced and thoughtful examination of its past, present, and future in his latest book, ‘Impossible Takes Longer’
With his latest book, Impossible Takes Longer, renowned scholar and commentator DANIEL GORDIS asks: Has Israel lived up to its founders’ vision? Published on the country’s 75th anniversary, Gordis offers a nuanced and thoughtful examination of Israel’s past, present, and future. The two-time National Jewish Book Award-winning author of Israel weaves a story of both unprecedented human triumph and great suffering.
In this new book, as he does in sought-after speaking engagements, Gordis offers new angles of thinking about Israel that bring moderation and clarity to the prevailing discourse. And through weighing Israel’s successes, critiquing its failures, and acknowledging its inherent contradictions, he ultimately suggests that—in ways its founders could not have foreseen—the Jewish state is a success far beyond anything they could have imagined.
The author of twelve books, Dr. Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College.
Gordis’ history of Israel entitled Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn received the 2016 National Jewish Book Award as “Book of the Year.” Ambassador Dennis Ross, reflecting on the book, wrote, “When I am asked ‘Is there one book to read about Israel’ I now have an answer.”
Gordis’ writing has appeared in magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, The New Republic, the New York Times Magazine, Azure, Commentary and Foreign Affairs, and his books have received numerous awards. He previously won the National Jewish Book Award, in 2008, for Saving Israel, and two of his other books were Finalists for the National Jewish Book Award.
Professor Alan Dershowitz has called Gordis “one of Israel’s most thoughtful observers.” The Forward has called him “one of the most respected Israel analysts around.” In 2014, the Jerusalem Post listed him as one of the world’s 50 most influential Jews, while Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic has written, “If you asked me, ‘of all the people you know, who cares the most about the physical, moral and spiritual health of Israel?’ I would put the commentator and scholar Daniel Gordis at the top of the list.”
Gordis’ newest book, We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel, was published in 2019. Commenting on the book, Ambassador Michael Oren wrote, “Impassioned, brilliant, and riveting, We Stand Divided is the essential book for understanding American Jewish-Israel relations.”
Gordis and his wife live in Jerusalem. They are the parents of three married children, and the grandparents of two.”