And None Shall Make Them Afraid: Eight Sto­ries of the Mod­ern State of Israel

September 1, 2021

This is the sto­ry of how Zion­ism, sup­port­ed by Amer­i­can­ism, cre­at­ed a mod­ern mir­a­cle — told through the lit­tle-known sto­ries of eight indi­vid­u­als who col­lec­tive­ly changed history.

Four were from Europe (Theodor Her­zl, Chaim Weiz­mann, Vladimir Jabotin­sky, and Abba Eban) and, four from Amer­i­ca (Louis D. Bran­deis, Gol­da Meir, Ben Hecht, and Ron Der­mer), reflect­ing the intel­lec­tu­al and social rev­o­lu­tions that Zion­ism and Amer­i­can­ism brought to the world.

In some cas­es, the sto­ries have been for­got­ten; in oth­ers, mis­rep­re­sent­ed; in still oth­ers, not yet giv­en their full due. But the sto­ries are cen­tral to the mirac­u­lous recov­ery of the Jew­ish peo­ple in the 20th cen­tu­ry. Tak­en togeth­er, they reflect both a peo­ple’s return to its place among the nations and the impact on his­to­ry a sin­gle indi­vid­ual can make.

The sto­ry of Zion­ism, and its inter­ac­tion with Amer­i­can­ism, is a con­tin­u­ing one. This book is thus not only about the past, but the present and future as well.

Discussion Questions

Rick Richman’s And None Shall Make Them Afraid is a time­ly biog­ra­phy of eight impor­tant Jew­ish lead­ers: Theodor Her­zl, Chaim Weiz­mann, Vladimir Jabotin­sky, Abba Eban, Louis D. Bran­deis, Gol­da Meir, Ben Hecht, and Ron Der­mer. They had very dif­fer­ent ori­gins and per­spec­tives, but each had impor­tant roles in shap­ing the mod­ern state of Israel. Rich­man brings new insights to his stud­ies of these large­ly well-known fig­ures, and reminds us in these chal­leng­ing times that Jew­ish lead­er­ship is need­ed now more than ever. The next gen­er­a­tion of Jew­ish lead­ers could ben­e­fit from their exam­ples, and from read­ing Richman’s book.