Rhetorical Candy

© KJ Hannah Greenberg, 2017
Rhetorical Candy
With Rivka Gross.
Seashell Press. USA.
2018. Forthcoming.

Most goings on can be interpreted in at least two ways, only one of which usually gets proffered. It makes no matter what the topic is or which perspective gets favored; folks generally stick to a single position. Consider the subject of The Modern State of Israel. Few among the globe’s population are Israelis. Nonetheless, the majority of the world’s denizens vociferously disagree amongst themselves on: the politics of Israel, the social milieu of Israel, the morality of Israel, and the world’s appropriate response to the existence of Israel.

To wit, leaders and followers, alike, would be well served to become more familiar with Israel, especially with concepts undergirding: nationalism versus universalism, the nature and function of democracy, and the essence of diplomacy. To boot, politicos educated in the traditions of the west, specifically, and regular world citizens, in general, would gain from learning more about the underpinnings of: freedom of speech, the science of economics, the philosophy of science, Zionism, and Judaism.

The State of Israel is an amazing place, well-deserved of discourse given over in a straightforward manner. This country’s fruit crowns world agricultural. Israeli high tech is second to none. Israel’s military know-how, too, is regarded as superlative. Most importantly, for all monotheists, Israel is The Holy Land. There’s lots to learn not only about, but also from, Israel.

Accordingly, the sixty narratives that constitute Rhetorical Candy reflect on images of, suppositions about, and lived experiences indigenous to this singular place. Issues covered in this assemblage include: Asian laborers, rebbes toting BUL M5-pistols, and five year-olds chaperoning three year-old siblings, via public transportation, to school. This book, additionally, employs graphic prose to capture: sunsets over Jerusalem, traditional celebrations of life events, and the wonders of the Israeli medical system.

The Jewish state is neither an ongoing beach party nor a perpetual war zone. This nation is a place of great supernal energy and is a home to extraordinary creations like egrets, hyraxes, and cacti. All of us lose when Israel is misunderstood. Rhetorical Candy works toward rectifying existent, erroneous portrayals of Israel. This collection offers up truth to readers, one essay at a time.

Introduction: All Things Blue and Green
1. Worldly Reactions to Israel
1.1 Why the Sudden Interest
1.2 Truly Alone
1.3 Unbelievable
1.4 Brutality in the City: A Brief Response
1.5 Yoman, Day Planner, of a Mad Housewife
1.6 Raising Children While Vetting Israeli Politics
1.7 Communication Climate, Incommensurability, and Relationships
1.8 Idolatry and the Mass Media
1.9 Media Serpents
1.10 Media Savvy: The Fires of Rhetoric
1.11 International Media Phubar: Rhetorically Guarding our Homeland
1.12 The Olive Pickers
1.13 Good Home Beautiful (with Rivka Gross)
1.14 That Most Important Reality Show

2. The Nature of Israel
2.1 Partying, Israeli-Style
2.2 The Music
2.3 Socially “Deviating” Israel: Israel as a Spiritual Retreat
2.4 Faith (with Rivka Gross)
2.5 Royalty
2.6 Sweet Seudah Bar Mitzvah
2.7 G-d’s Help Masked as “Accidents”
2.8 The Holy Land (with Rivka Gross)
2.9 The Challot and the Kallot
2.10 Israel as Gan Eden
2.11 A Bat Bayit’s Aliyah
2.12 Welcome Home
2.13 Aliyah Memories
2.14 Self-Actualization
2.15 Rain

3. The Life in Israel
3.1 An Ongoing Crisis
3.2 Israel as the Wild West
3.3 Street Smarts
3.4 Spies vs. Guides
3.5 Arab Men
3.6 Dissatisfaction with Synthetics
3.7 Apple-Scented Toilet Paper
3.8 Supporting the Local Economy
3.9 The Cardiovascular Technologist and Others
3.10 The Soldiers’ Solution
3.11 Israel as Moonbase Alpha
3.12 A Springtime Letter to Friends
3.13 Communication Rules
3.14 More about Island Living
3.15 Amidst Oranges

4. The Morality of Israel
4.1 Hashem’s Cool Creations (with Rivka Gross)
4.2 The Beauty of a Little Good
4.3 Striving to Do Better (with Rivka Gross)
4.4 Israel as the Foyer to a More Excellent Chamber
4.5 Tzedakah: The Importance of a Proper Standpoint
4.6 The Importance of Hands on Giving
4.7 Coming Prepared
4.8 No Saintly Fools
4.9 Judging Favorably
4.10 Not so Exotic, After All
4.11 The Path of Torah is the Path of the Feminist
4.12 Visiting the Kotel (with Rivka Gross)
4.13 Let’s Not Forget the Kedusha (with Rivka Gross)
4.14 I Will Not Forget Thee, O Jerusalem!
Conclusion: Units of Exchange
About the Authors