Part-history, part-biography, part-self-help manual, ISResilience is a study of a nation that has had to collectively and individually hang tough like no other country on earth. Each chapter comprises an interview with a compelling Israeli personality some famous, some not, but all exceptional profiles them, and traces the characteristic that unites them all resilience - extrapolating from them life lessons that can teach everyone of us to be stronger people. From well-known leaders making life-and-death decisions to ordinary people who have overcome incredible loss to do inspirational things meet the Israelis that thrive against all odds, and learn how you can too. Absorb yourself in the stories of people who: toughed it out in a Soviet Gulag to emerge a human rights icon, overcame disability to pioneer tech helping paraplegics walk again, fell from the sky, beating death and emerging an Olympic hero, withstood 90 body burns to lead an iconic victory in battle, survived the Nazis turning from child orphan refugee to spiritual leader, broke through the glass ceiling to become a female Colonel, went from having limbs blown off to winning high office, overcame death threats to find his voice as an Arab in the Jewish State, climbed Mount Everest to forgo reaching the peak in order to save a life, gave up NBA fame to take a tiny country to basketball glory, got elected to parliament, refusing to have others in her community define what a women could achieve, turned unbearable grief into a promise to ease the pain of others, walked barefoot from Africa to reach the Promised Land. and learn the keys to their resilience.
Michael Dickson is Executive Director of StandWithUs-Israel, an international educational nonprofit dedicated to supporting Israel and fighting antisemitism around the world. Michael is a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Communication of Bar-Ilan University and the 2019 winner of the Bonei Zion Prize. Naomi L. Baum, PhD, a psychologist in the field of trauma and resilience building consults nationally and internationally and facilitates resilience building workshops. She was Director of the Resilience Unit at Metiv The Israel Psychotrauma Center, a Fellow at the Mandel School of Educational Leadership, and a professor of psychology in colleges in the US and Israel. She is the author of several previous books.