Like Dreamers: The Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem Is a Must-Read Book

Literally cried tears of joy as I read the first 100 pages of the titillating book, “Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation” by Yossi Klein Halevi. The start of the book details the emotions of the paratroopers who liberated the old city of Jerusalem. And with such vivid descriptions of our people – of Israelis – of how “pig eating kibbutzniks stood with Merkaz Harav mystics.” Such vivid descriptions of the streets being liberated.

Cried as a Jew reading the stories of our people liberating Jerusalem. Cried as the grandson of Holocaust survivors at reading these stories of seven heroic paratroopers who played (and play) such key roles in shaping the modern-day State of Israel. Reading it made me think of my mother often who studied in Jerusalem at Hebrew University during this period.

This book was really a great book about the modern day state of Israel. Indeed, as Samuel Freedman said, Yossi Klein Halevi is “the most incisive and eloquent journalist writing from Israel for an American audience.” “Like Dreamers” is Psalm 126, Shir Hamaalot, hayinu k’cholmim, “When the Lord returned the exiles to Zion, we were like dreamers.”

Hanging in my living room is modern Jerusalem art work with the words from Naomi Shemer’s epic song, “Jerusalem of Gold”, and indeed this book is one which belongs in every Jewish home. It’s a great tale about the Jewish people.

Ronn Torossian

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Ronn Torossian is the Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of 5WPR. Headquartered in New York City, the firm is one of the 25 largest independent public relations firms in the United States. 5WPR has been named “PR Agency of the Year” by the American Business Awards; and Ronn Torossian is the winner of the Silver Stevie Communications, Investor Relations, and PR Executive of the Year of the Year Award by the American Business Awards. Ronn’s book, “For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations,” received rave reviews. He is a member of the prestigious Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and is an active board member of a number of non-profit organizations. Ronn Torossian is a frequently sought after communications expert, often appearing on FOX News, CNBC, Huffington Post, Time Magazine, and other major media outlets. He resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his family. Email: Facebook: Ronn's Facebook Twitter: Ronn's Twitter Page