Leon Charney is the author of four books: “Back Door Channels,” “Battle of the Two Talmuds,” “The Mystery of the Kaddish” and “The Charney Report: Confronting the Arab-‐Israeli Conflict.”
Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace
BY LEON CHARNEY/BARRICADE BOOKS/APRIL 2012
“Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace” is the story of the interplay between the official government channels and those not in government, the “back door channels,” who acted largely behind the scenes during the peace process between Egypt and Israel. This process that began in 1978 and was led by Jimmy Carter, Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin is still holding today. Tracing the confluence of facts that led to the Camp David Accords and the ensuing peace treaty of 1979, this book examines not only the powerful personalities that drove the peace process, but also the secret liaisons, communications, and behind the scene personalities that played important, yet seldom understood, roles in forging that peace agreement.
Battle of the Two Talmuds: Judaism’s Struggle with Power, Glory & Guilt
BY LEON CHARNEY & SAUL MAYZLISH/BARRICADE BOOKS/OCTOBER 2010
The authors delve into history to understand why and how brilliant rabbis and Talmudic scholars abandoned the Holy Land, both physically and spiritually, to make their way in what came to be known as the lands of the Diaspora. “The Battle of the Two Talmuds” explains in great detail how these Babylonian scholars created their own interpretation of the Torah that grew to take precedence over that of the Jerusalem scholars. Were they not aware of the biblical injunction that all Jews must live in the land of Israel? How did they justify both living in Babylonia as well as the appropriation of religious rule? The authors examine this internecine struggle, and wonder if the rationalizations that allowed Judaism to thrive outside the Holy Land have had a lasting impact on the psyche of Jews around the world.
The Mystery of the Kaddish: Its Profound Influence On Judaism
BY LEON CHARNEY & SAUL MAYZLISH/BARRICADE BOOKS/OCTOBER 2006
The Kaddish is considered by millions of Jews to be a special prayer one recites for the dead. It isn’t. The Kaddish prayer does not speak of death. The prayer proclaims, without equivocation, acceptance of the power of God and the Divine decree. Given this, why is the Kaddish recited after the death of a close family member, in many instances three times a day for eleven months? “The Mystery of the Kaddish” traces the origin, history, and growth of the Kaddish, now a mainstay in all segments of Judaic practice.
The Charney Report: Confronting the Israeli-Arab Conflict
BY LEON CHARNEY/BARRICADE BOOKS/ APRIL 2001
For years, “The Charney Report,” the award-‐winning, nationally televised interview show has been a favorite stop for a range of guests from the fields of diplomacy and politics to literature and the entertainment world. This book represents a compilation of those interviews, limited exclusively to the statesman, journalists and others who play a vital role in the Middle East. The interviews, edited for readability but not for content, mirror the thinking and positions at the time of the viewing and a current appraisal of these positions.
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