Perhaps the most significant and telling part of my review copy of Grains of Sand came even before opening the bubble-wrapped package. The author's return address, a Caravilla, explained just where she was coming from ? and where she was going.

For those who have just arrived from another planet, their Caravilla was offered by the government as a replacement for their original home that had been destroyed in Gush Katif...

Do not expect to read a step-by-step newspaper account of events leading up to the subtitle of the book, ?The Fall of Neve Dekalim?. Unless you have been burying your head like an ostrich in Grains of Sand, you know that story already. Instead, Shifra presents vibrant anecdotes, conversations, pictures, and scenes from the day-to-day life of her family that had been living in Gush Katif.

The author may have been driven to write this book in order to help herself deal with the impossible. She wrote calmly, simply, forcefully, and without platitudes. She expressed sadness, rather than pain or rancor. As a result, she has helped us re-live one of the most divisive epochs in the history of the Jewish nation.

Yes, the book presents a clear and highly subjective point of view, as would be expected. Perhaps that is an additional reason why politicians, social scientists, and other good Jews from across the Israeli political spectrum would do well to read this book. It will help all of us understand the frustrated thoughts and feelings, the tragedy of a lost and crushed future, and the dashed hopes of victims of circumstances beyond their control.



                   
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Grains Of Sand: The Fall Of Neve Dekalim
       
by Shifra Shomron
Mazo Publishers  ? 2007, ISBN 978-965-7344-19-4