Yosef Gotlieb


Dr. Yosef Gotlieb is a writer, geographer, educator and activist. Born in Costa Rica, raised in the US, and a resident of Israel since 1984, Dr. Gotlieb's areas of expertise include international development, global change, Middle East affairs, sustainability, and text and publishing studies. He is an author of prose and poetry. He is a member of the faculty of David Yellin College of Education, Beit HaKerem, Jerusalem.

Yosef Gotlieb resides outside of Jerusalem with his family.

The author's website is located at www.ysgotlieb.net. Readers are invited to comment on Rise and can do so on the Contact page of the website.

Rise is available in a print edition. It can be purchased online through major book vendors.

Smashwords Interview

What constitutes the foreground of Rise? What story does it tell?
Rise is the story of Lilah Kedem, an internally-known photoessayist who returns to Israel after three decades of living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has come home to reconcile with her estranged husband, Naftali, and their adult son, Ido, both of whom have made their homes in Israel.

Shortly after her return, Lilah is distressed to see the country in doldrums, characterized by hardship and disaffection. She also encounters a series of incidents involving Jewish and Arab violence that touch her and her family directly. She finds herself drawn toward a group of people determined to counter the extremism and the attendant malaise in the society. She also decides to launch her own search for the Jewish extremists who are wreaking havoc on the society and which the authorities, for reasons that are unclear, seem unable or unwilling to apprehend. Lilah's pursuit of the extremists intersects with the hunt undertaken by a security operative, Eli Zedek, to find and stop them.
So this is Lilah's story?
Yes,to a certain extent. It is also the story of the society as a whole. There are motifs – lost innocence, being true to one's self, redemption – that are common to both Lilah and Israeli society as seen against what they have experienced over the past thirty years.
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Rise, A Novel of Contemporary Israel, Book Trailer
This book trailer by the author and Elisha David Blumenfeld includes actual footage of the social protest rally held at Tel Aviv's Kikar HaMedina on Sept. 3rd, 2011. Over 450,000 people demonstrated at the square and elsewhere in the country under the slogan, "the people want social justice," that evening. RISE, a novel, is about personal and societal redemption at a time when Israel is assailed by extremism and social dissension.


Rise, A Novel of Contemporary Israel
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 116,930. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Lilah Kedem, an expat long resident in Boston, returns to her native Israel in an attempt to heal a family rift. She encounters a society different from the one she remembered and now plagued by extremism and disillusionment. When the attacks imperil those dear to her, Lilah joins the hunt for the perpetrators and becomes part of a citizens movement, Jews and Arabs, striving for a new Israel.

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