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A Spark Within Me: A Memoir Ray Kaplan by Ray Kaplan

A Spark Within Me: A Memoir

Ray Kaplan by Ray Kaplan

Published July 16th 2007
ISBN : 9781424186396
Paperback
210 pages
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This is the story of a man, son of Russian immigrants, product of a large family and a home broken by a motheras illness and the economic depression of the 1930s, who struggles through his early life and goes on to become a very successful aerospaceMoreThis is the story of a man, son of Russian immigrants, product of a large family and a home broken by a motheras illness and the economic depression of the 1930s, who struggles through his early life and goes on to become a very successful aerospace engineering executive. As a Navy veteran of WWII, a spark that had been glowing within his Jewish heart was ignited and his life was forever changed. A chance encounter at MIT with Moshe Arens (future Minister in the government of Israel) lights this spark. He devotes the next several years of his life in the struggle for Jewish statehood and volunteers during Israelas War of Independence. He spends time in a Lebanese prison camp and then makes his way back to Israel. He marries a young immigrant from Egypt and experiences the new immigrantsa struggle for survival in the early years of Israelas statehood. He returns to the U.S. with his wife and young daughter and spends the next forty-one years participating in the development of navigation systems for the U.S. military and for the Israel Defense Forces.