Video dispatch 16: Joshua Prager: In search of the man who broke my neck

June 02, 2013


When Josh Prager was 19, a devastating car accident left him a quadriplegic for several years.

He returned to Israel twenty years later to find the Arab-Israeli driver who turned his world upside down. In this recount of their meeting, Prager probes deep questions of nature, nurture, self-deception and destiny.

This is a Ted talk that took place several weeks ago, and I think it is worth taking the time to watch it. (It is 18 minutes long.)

Josh Prager was a senior staff writer for The Wall Street Journal for eight years, and his book, “Half-Life: Reflections from Jerusalem on a Broken Neck,” has recently been published. He was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2011 and a Fulbright Chair at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2012.

He is close friends with several subscribers to this email list, who drew my attention to Josh’s talk.

-- Tom Gross


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Other dispatches in this video series can be seen here:

* Video dispatch 1: The Lady In Number 6

* Video dispatch 2: Iran: Zuckerberg created Facebook on behalf of the Mossad

* Video dispatch 3: Vladimir Putin sings “Blueberry Hill” (& opera in the mall)

* Video dispatch 4: While some choose boycotts, others choose “Life”

* Video dispatch 5: A Jewish tune with a universal appeal

* Video dispatch 6: Carrying out acts of terror is nothing new for the Assad family

* Video dispatch 7: A brave woman stands up to the Imam (& Supporting Bin Laden in London)

* Video dispatch 8: Syrians burn Iranian and Russian Flags (Not Israeli and U.S. ones)

* Video Dispatch 9: “The one state solution for a better Middle East...”

* Video dispatch 10: British TV discovers the next revolutionary wave of Israeli technology

* Video dispatch 11: “Freedom, Freedom!” How some foreign media are reporting the truth about Syria

* Video dispatch 12: All I want for Christmas is...

* Video dispatch 13: “The amazing Israeli innovations Obama will see this week (& Tchaikovsky Flashwaltz!)

* Video dispatch 14: Jon Stewart under fire in Egypt (& Kid President meets Real President)

* Video dispatch 15: A rare BBC recording from 1945: Survivors in Belsen sing Hatikvah (& “No Place on Earth”)

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