Destiny: The Incredible Story of the Jewish People

...Jewish history is so unique and unbelievable, but when the unbelievable happens to you on a regular basis you get desensitized to it and it just seems normal. David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime mister, probably said it the best: “In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles.” This is true not just about modern Israel but for all of Jewish history.

Even a quick look at some of the major facts of Jewish history clearly shows that there is something remarkable and unique about the Jewish people and their history:

  • Despite its tiny size, no people, pound for pound, have contributed more to the world than the Jews. (The fact that Jews are but .2% of the world’s population yet have received 23% of all Nobel Prizes since 1901 is just one of many examples of the Jewish people’s disproportionate impact.)

  • Despite all these contributions, no people have been more threatened, hated and persecuted than the Jews.

  • Notwithstanding this hatred and animosity, no people’s ideas have been more impactful and more transformative than the Jewish people’s.

  • Israel, the newest old nation on the planet and the only western, democratic state in the Middle East, is the most criticized, condemned, vilified and threatened country in the world.

  • Despite existential threats and political and economic isolation, Israel prospers and has contributed proportionally more to the world than any other nation on the planet.

Even the most cursory look at Jewish history begs us to ask so many questions:

  • What is so unique about the Jewish people and their ideas and how does this explain the transformative impact they have had on the world?

  • Why have they been so hated and why have so many of the most dangerous and evil people and nations throughout history felt so threatened by the Jewish people to the extent they have tried to wipe them off the face of the earth?

  • How have the Jewish people managed to survive and prosper when so many nations, including the greatest empires, have vanished into history books and museums?

  • How could any nation survive multiple exiles, be dispersed around the world for thousands of years yet come back millennia later and re-establish its state in its original homeland?

Throughout history, many of the greatest minds have taken note of the fact that there is something very unique – even supernatural – about Jewish history....

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