Zipporah Porath

Zipporah Porath is a free-lance writer/ editor/ and publications consultant. Born and educated in the USA, she arrived in pre-state Israel in 1947 on a one-year scholarship to the Hebrew University. Caught up in the War of Independence, she joined the underground Haganah, served as a medic during the siege of Jerusalem and in the fledgling Israel Air Force, and has been living in Israel ever since. Her eyewitness account of the war and the birth of the state, “Letters from Jerusalem 1947-1948,” as well as her monograph on “Col. David (Mickey) Marcus”, Israel’s West Point General, have been widely acclaimed. Zipporah is a popular lecturer, who brings history alive for study missions and youth groups in Israel and abroad. She is a prominent member of the World MACHAL Committee, which represents overseas volunteers in the Israel Defense Forces. (zip@netvision.net.il)

A poignant letter written a year after the formation of the State of Israel by a soldier from a hospital bed reminiscing on the soldiers still actively engaged in freeing the State from attack a year later.

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November 29, 1948  Haifa Bay, Israel
Category: Israel
Issue No. 142
 

Zipporah Porath’s letter describes Seder night in Jerusalem in 1948 with a Sephardic family in a city short of food and under siege.

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Seder under Siege
Category: Israel
Issue No. 144
 

A young partisan from Jerusalem writes to her family how she accompanied a group of wounded men to Tel Aviv during Jerusalem’s besiegement in 1948, illustrating the extreme contrast between life threatening Jerusalem and safe Tel Aviv during that time.

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A CONVOY OF WOUNDED FROM JERUSALEM
Category: Israel
Issue No. 145
 

This is a letter Zipporah Porath she wrote to her mother from Haifa in 1948. Only someone who was living in Israel at the time knew what was really going on. The fledgling state had people arriving from all over the world and all their differences had to be catered for.

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Doomsday Report
Category: Israel
Issue No. 146
 

Zipporah Porath was a student living in Jerusalem when it was bombed in February 1948. She describes the chaos and devastation caused by the bombing and then describes the various areas of the city.

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148-BEN YEHUDA STREET BOMBED
Category: Israel
Issue No. 148
 

A warm tribute to the late Stanley Medicks, Chairman of the British, Scandinavian and European Machal, at the inauguration of The Stanley Medicks Machal Room in the Michael Levin Center for Lone Soldiers in Tel Aviv. The event was attended by many who initiated the project together with Machal. The exhibit highlighting the heroic and inspiring history of volunteering by Jews and non-Jews from abroad, who rallied to the defense of the State of Israel will be on permanent display at the Tel Aviv Center

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Walls have heroes: Inspiring stories of the fight for Israel
Category: Israel
Issue No. 175
 

The story of Col. David (Mickey) Marcus, the American officer who was recruited in 1947 as military advisor to David Ben-Gurion and the underground Haganah forces, and who played a significant role in the success of the War of Independence as told by Zipporah Porath

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LARGER THAN LIFE: COL. DAVID (MICKEY) MARCUS - A Review
Category: Literature
Issue No. 155
 

New ideas and approaches have been around for decades but in this new fun and challenging method of learning everything is expressed in abbreviations and is self taught by missions and the children are taught how to think by solving problems. Zipporah Porath gives a mind-blowing peep into an innovative puzzling world and hopes that this experiment will (WOW) work out well.

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Q2L  SCHOOL FOR DIGITAL KIDS
Category: Education
Issue No. 153
 
 
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