The following is from Harold Grinspoon, the founder of PJ Library:

I am writing to offer a free book to you. It’s called Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth by Noa Tishby. I love books that teach me something about being Jewish.

Central to the Jewish story, of course, is the land of Israel. I was born in 1929, so I remember a time before the modern State of Israel, when there was no safe haven for the millions of Jews murdered during the Holocaust. I am grateful for Israel, and I believe strongly in supporting its quest for peace and security. I am proud to support childhood literacy across Israel by distributing 470,000 Hebrew and Arabic books with the Israeli Ministry of Education as a primary partner. PJ Library operates globally in 33 countries, 7 languages. In North America, we distribute 240,000 books monthly thanks to our partners.

I commend Noa for writing a personal account that provides an accessible introduction to Israel’s many complexities. She also takes a closer look at everything from antisemitism, to BDS, to the biases of the United Nations. Tishby, a self-described Zionist, pro-Israel, pro-Palestinian, anti-Hamas, American Israeli Jewish woman who grew up in Tel Aviv and now lives in Los Angeles, has written about her birthplace as only she can. With facts and straight talk, Tishby has written a guide to her beloved Israel that I found to be an important book for our time.

If you’d like to receive a free copy of Noa’s book, I’d be happy to send it to you as my personal gift. As I watch the rising tide of antisemitism, often with Israel as a target, I appreciate having a book like Noa’s as a guide. If you read it, please let me know what you think by sending an email to I would appreciate your feedback.

Take good care,

Harold Grinspoon

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