Bless the Bitter and the Sweet by Naomi Harris Rosenblatt


Bless the Bitter and the Sweet offers us a front-row view of the intensely personal experiences and untold stories of a teenaged girl during the last days of British rule as Israel struggles for independence. It comes in the form of a rare handwritten diary translated from Hebrew into English, chronicling daily life during those tumultuous years from 1947 to 1952, as well as the author’s insights and reflections more than six decades later.

A powerful mix of joy and searing pain, of resilience and heroism, it is also a story of love and passion. Anecdotes and photographs convey what it was like to grow into adulthood in those extraordinary times and depict a generation whose fortitude gave birth to a renewed people.

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