A link to order a paperback or Kindle version (in amazon.com) or e-book of " In the Sands of Sinai- A physician's Account of the Yom Kippur War."

Watch Dr Brook's presentation about his experiences in the Yom Kippur War on YouTube.

Dr. Brook is a speaker on the Yom Kippur war for the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC, USA.

The Yom Kippur War was launched in 1973 in a surprise attack by Syria and Egypt. This Arab-Israeli war posed the most serious threat to the existence of Israel in modern history. Even though Israel was eventually able to achieve a military victory, the country paid a steep price, both in lives lost and in the citizenry’s confidence in their leaders and themselves. Deep within the psyche of the nation, this conflict shattered conventional wisdom that the country was invincible.

This book recounts the author’s personal experiences as a battalion physician during that time. Expecting to heal his soldiers’ physical combat wounds, Brook unexpectedly must address his soldiers’ psychological battlefield trauma (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). It describes how he coped with his soldiers’ medical and psychological issues, the daily struggle of survival in the battle zone, and everyone’s growing anxiety. Through the lens of one participant, the reader can experience the resourcefulness exhibited during the time of war and the struggle to preserve one’s humanity in the midst of it all. In unvarnished details from the mundane to the catastrophic, he describes his perspective of a war that shaped his own life, and his nation's fragile identity.

Pictures of the events described in the book are shown below.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Dr. Brook presented a lecture to the Surgen General of the Israeli Defence Forces

Dr. Brook presented a lecture to the staff of the Surgeon General of the Israeli Defense Forces (Zahal) on April 18 2016 about his perspectives on the Yom Kippur War as a battalion physician. 

Watch the lecture at https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B2iM7e4Dwm_7ekVKYVc4RXFGbE0&usp=drive_web

Dr. Brook with the Surgeon General's staff officers. 

General David Dagan, IDF Surgeon General presents Dr. Brook with an appreciation plaque

Friday, May 23, 2014

Appreciation notes following Dr. Brook's presentations

An appreciation note from the Cultural and Israel Program Director at the Jewish Community Center in York Pennsylvania following Dr Brook's talk on May 5, 2014.

Dear Dr. Brook,

In all of my years in presenting speakers here at the York JCC, never has anyone held the audience in such rapt attention as you did.
We are all deeply appreciative of your life experiences and the message you presented in such a wonderful way.
Thank you so much for sharing your story -- and that of Israel and those who put themselves in harm's way.


Linda Seligson

Cultural and Israel Program Director

York Jewish Community Center

2000 Hollywood Drive | York, PA 17403

An appreciation note from the Israel Program Director at Temple Shaaray Tefila, Manhattan, New York, following Dr Brook's talk on May 19, 2014

Dr. Brook,
Thank you very much for such a meaningful and inspiring event.

I knew it would be great, but I didn't realize how great. Everyone came up to me that night and afterwards and told me how meaningful and moving your talk was, and how much they learned about the war which they thought they knew.

I wish you all the best and thank you again for such a great experience that will not be forgotten.


Dan Adler
Israeli Programs Director
Temple Shaarai Tefila 
Manhatten , New York, 10075

An appreciation note from Rabbi Larry RaphaelCongregation Sherith Israel, San Francisco following Dr Brook's talk on April 25, 2014

Itzhak...Thanks so much for your wonderful presentation. Everyone thought very highly of it .
Again, thanks.

Larry RaphaelSenior Rabbi

Congregation Sherith Israel
2266 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

An appreciation note from Rabbi Hauer, Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion Congregation, Baltimore, following Dr Brook's talk on Dec 7, 2013

Dr. Brook:
Thank you again for your wonderful and valuable presentation last night.  It was informative and insightful.  The feedback was excellent.  You are an inspiring person!
We have made a contribution in your honor to Beit HaLochem.
Please feel free to use us as a reference for future presentations.

Kol tuv!!

Rabbi Moshe Hauer
Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion Congregation,
Baltimore, Maryland, 21215

An appreciation note from Rabbi Vaisberg, Temple Emanu-El , Edison New Jersey, following Dr Brook's talk on Oct 11, 2014

Thank you for coming here to speak last week, people thought that your presentation was fascinating and really appreciated your coming here.

Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg M.A.R.E., M.A.H.L.
Temple Emanu-El
100 James Street
Edison, NJ, 08820

An appreciation note from Susan J lafer,  President, Florida Central Hadassah, , following Dr Brook's talk on April 19, 2015

Thank you for your participation. Our membership loved hearing from you and I was thrilled.

Susan J Lafer
President, Florida Central Hadassah 
The Womens Zionist Organization of America
3118 Causeway Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33759

An appreciation note from Rabbi Richard Spiegel, Etz Chaim Temple , Thousand Oaks, California,  , following Dr. Brook's talk on May15, 2015.

Thanks you so much for your recent appearance at Temple Etz Chaim to speak about the Yom Kippur War. Your message was very powerful and you truly inspired all of us who heard you.
I hope we will have the opportunity to hear you again-perhaps to hear about your experience as a throat cancer survivor.

Rabbi Richard Spiegel
Etz Chaim Temple
Thousand Oaks, California, 91360

An appreciation note by Rabbi Michele Paskow, Congregation B'nai Emet, Simi Valley, CA, following Dr Brook's talk on March 6, 2016

Thank you so much for coming to our synagogue on Sunday evening and sharing your experiences and insights on the Yom Kippur War.  You gave a very interesting and moving presentation.  I look forward to reading your book. 
I sent in the money collected for the FIDV with a note explaining that it was collected from your speaking event.

With much thanks,    
Rabbi Michele Paskow
Congregation B'nai Emet, Simi Valley, CA


An appreciation note by  Julie Newburg, Hadassah Northeast, Boston MA, following Dr Brook's talk on May 1, 2016
Thank you so much for giving Hadassah Northeast your time yesterday.  It was very powerful to hear your story and learn about the Yom Kippur War from your unique perspective.  I believe that everyone walked out of the room feeling moved about this important part of Jewish and Israeli history.  
We feel privileged that we got to meet you and learn from you.

Julie Newburg
Managing Director Hadassah Northeast Hadassah
The Women’s Zionist Organization of America
1320 Centre Street, Suite 205, Newton Centre, MA  02459
T  781.455.9055   JNewburg@hadassah.org

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War

Several articles written by Dr. Brook and interviews of him were recently published in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War.

The articles were published in The Times of Israel, Jewish Tribune, Jewish Exponent, Jewish independent, Mishpacha Jewish Family Weekly, The Israel Forever Foundation, Jewish Voice, and  The Jewish Veteran.

Interviews of Dr. Brook were published by the Washington Jewish Week; and Ilta-Sanomal Helsinki, Finland. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Israeli Military Attache in the USA is presented the book "In the Sands of Sinai"

Major General Gadi Shamni, the Israeli Military Attache in the USA is presented the book "In the Sands of Sinai" by Dr Brook at the Israeli Embassy on July 10, 2012.
Dr. Brook is a speaker for the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC, USA on the Yom Kippur War.

Dr. Itzhak Brook and Major General Gadi Shamni. 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Lectures and book signing events

A lectures about the Yom Kippur War and the book "In the Sands of Sinai" signing took place at:

National Museum of American Jewish Military History, Washington DC on April 18, 2012
The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, Fairfax Virginia, May 21, 2012,  Jan 9, 2013 (Beth El Synagogue, Alexandria), Apr. 23, 2013 ( Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, Reston), May 20, 2013 (L. W. Leesburg, Virginia), and Jun 17, 2013 ( Beth Shalom Temple, Fredricksburg, Virginia)
Milken Jewish Community CenterWest Hills, Los Angeles, Cal., May 29,  2012;
Beth El Synagogue in Bethesda Maryland ,Nov. 4, 2012; 
Oseh Shalom Synagogue, Laurel, Maryland, Nov. 11, 2012; the, Jewish Cultural Center, Reading Pennsylvania, Nov. 18, 2012; 
Jewish Community Center, Springfield Massachusetts, Nov. 29, 2012; 
S. S. Wise Temple, Los Angeles,California, Dec. 3, 2012; 
The Great Neck Temple, Long Island New York, Dec. 16, 2012; 
Adat Shalom Congregation, Bethesda Maryland, Dec.17, 2012;
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (Ring House), Rockville MD; 
Agudas Achim Alexandria Virginia, Feb. 3 & Oct. 15, 2013; 
Jewish Community Center in Staten Island New York, Mar.12, 2013; 
Congragation Etz Haim, Arlington Virginia, Mar. 16, 2013; 
Friedberg Jewish Community Center in Oceanside New York, Apr. 4, 2013; 
Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, New Brunswick, New Jersey, May 5, 2013; 
Beth Sholom Temple, Fredricksburg, Virginia, May 8, 2013; 
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, May 22, 2013;
Har Sinai Congregation, Owings Mills, Maryland, May 31, 2013;
Medical Corps Israeli Defense Forces (Zahal) "Moreshet Krav" ( Battle Heritage) symposium,  , Jul. 14, 2013;
Congregation Kneset  Israel, Annapolis, Maryland, Sep. 10, 2013; 
Jewish Community Center of Greater Vancouver, Canada, Sep. 29, 2013; 
Temple B'rith kodesh, Rochester, New York, Oct 11, 2013; 
Beth Tzedek Congregation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Oct 16, 2013; 
Jewish Community Center, Rockland New York, Nov. 1, 2013; 
Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah, Potomac, Maryland, Nov. 17, 2013, ; 
Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion Congregation, Baltimore, Maryland, Dec. 7, 2013; 
Temple Solel of Missisauga Ontario Canada,Feb. 7, 2014, 
Shaarei Beth El of Oakville,  Ontario, Canada, Feb 8, 2014;
 Anshe Sholom Congregation of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Feb. 9, 2014, Congregation Beth Judah, Ventnor, New Jersey, Feb. 21 & 22, 2104; 
Mandel Jewish community Center, March 4, 2014, Cleveland, OH; 
Mt. Scopus Hadassah, Silver Spring Maryland, March 19, 2014; 
Jewish Community Center, Washington DC, March 31, 2014; 
Congregation Sherith Israel, San Francisco, California, Apr. 25, 2014
Calabasas ShulCalabasasBeth Jacob Congregation, Irvine, California, Apr. 27; 2014, 
Temple Beth Shalom, Long Beach, California, Apr. 28, 2014; 
Temple Bat Yahm, Newport Beach, California, Apr. 30, 2014; 
Alpert Jewish Community Center, Long Beach, California, May 1, 2014; 
Beth Shalom Congregation, Columbia, Maryland, May 2, 2014;
Jewish Community Center, York, Israel's independence Day Celebration event, Pennsylvania, May 5, 2014.
Congregation Beth Shalom, Wilmington, Delaware, May 9, 2014; Read Jewish Voice article part 1, 2, 3
Temple Shaaray Tefila, Manhattan, New York, May 19, 2014;
Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael, Springfield, New Jersey, May 30, 2014;
Congregation Beth Israel, Scotch Plains, New Jersey, May 31, 2014;
Jewish War Veterans Annual Installation, 126 Post; Cherry Hill, New Jersey, June 1, 2014;
Congregation Bnai YeshurunNew Jersey, Teaneck, June 1, 2014.
Temple Israel of the City of New York, New York, July 25, 2014.
Hadassah  Chapter, Harrisburg, Pennsylvanian, Sep 14, 2014.
Wilf Jewish Community Campus, Jewish Community Center of Central New Jersey, Scotch Plains, Sep 30, 2014.
Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center, East Hills, New York, Sep 30, 2014.
Israeli House-Israeli Consulate General of Israel, Boston, Massachusetts, Oct 1, 2014.
Temple Emanu-El, Edison New Jersey. Oct. 11, 2014.
Jewish Community Center of Austin. Jewish Book Fair. Austin,Texas. Oct. 21, 2014.
Hadassah of Greater Baltimore, Maryland. Oct. 27, 2014.
Columbia Jewish Book FestivalKate & Irvine Jewish Community Center, Columbia, South Carolina. Nov. 4, 2014.
Beth Israel at the Tri-City Jewish Center, Rock Island, Illinois, Nov. 14 -15, 2014.
Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue, Encino, California, Nov 19, 2014.
Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue, Los Angeles, California. Nov 20, 2014.
Temple Isaiah of Orange County, Orange County, California, Nov 21, 2014.
B'nai David-Judea Congregation, Los Angeles, California, Nov 22, 2014.
Bureau of Jewish Education High School of Jewish Studies, Buffalo, New York, Dec. 10, 2014.
Kibutz Sha'ar HaGolan, Israel, Jan 22, 2015.
Young Israel Shomrai Emunah of Greater Washington, Silver Spring, Maryland. Feb 4, 2015.
Congregation Har Tzeon - Agudath Achim, Silver Spring, Maryland, Apr. 16, 2015.
Hadassah, Florida Central Region. Gainseville, Florida. Apr. 18, 2015.
Shaare Zedek Congregation, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Apr. 29, 2015.
Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. May 1, 2015.
Temple Etz Chaim, Thousand OaksCalifornia. May 15, 2015.
Hollywood Temple Beth El. Hollywood, California. May 16, 2015.
Brawerman Elementery School of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, May 18, 2015
Bolton Street Synaguage. Baltimore, Maryland.  Sep. 21, 2015. 
Congregation Temple Emanuel, Staten Island, New York, Oct. 11, 2015.
The Israeli Forever Foundation Book Club, Washington DC, Oct 22, 2015.
Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. Kansas. Nov. 2, 2015.
Temple Emanu-El, Miami Beach, Florida, Dec. 18, 2015.
Adas Yeshurun Synagogue and the Augusta Jewish Community Sunday School, Augusta, Georgia, Jan. 10, 2016.
Beith Jacob Synagoage, Scolar-in Residence. Atlanta, Georgia, Jan. 11, 2016.
Hadassah Metula Group, Greater Atlanta, Georgia, Jan. 11, 2016. 
Levite Jewish Community Center, Birmingham, Alabama, Jan.12, 2016.
Hadassah Chapter, Birmingham, Alabama, Jan.12, 2016.
Merage Jewish Community Center of Orange County, Irvine, California. Jan. 25, 2015.
Shomrei Torah Synagogue, West Hills, California. Jan. 27, 2016
Shomrei Torah Congregation, Wayne, New Jersey, Feb. 2, 2016.
Beth El Synagoguge, East Windsor, NJ. Feb 3, 2016.
Katz Jewish Community Center, Margate. New Jersey, Feb. 3, 2016.
Siegel Jewish Community Center, Wilmington, Delaware. Feb. 7, 2016.
Congregation Beth Aaron, Teaneck, New Jersey, Feb. 7, 1016. 
Highland Park Conservative Temple - Congregation Anshe Emeth. Highland Park, New Jersey, Feb. 9, 2016.
Congregation Beth Emet, Simi Valley, California. March 6, 2016.
Congregation Shir Shalom,  Buffalo, New York. March 18, 2016.
Surgeon General Israeli Defence Forces (Zahal) Headquarters. Israel. Apr. 18, 2016.
Hadassah Northeast Boston,Massachusetts, May 1, 2016.
Temple Beth El, Tacoma, Washington. July 15, 2016.
United Orthodox Synagogues of Houston, Texas, Sep. 22, 2016.
Tiferet Israel, Dallas, Texas. Sep. 24, 2016.
Jewish Community Center (Joodse Gemeente Amsterdam), Netherlands, Oct. 6, 2016.
South Africa Jewish Museum, Cape Town, South Africa, Oct.9, 2016.
Temple Israel, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Oct. 16, 2016.

In lieu of an honorarium for the lectures some hosts had made a donation to the Friends of Disabled Israeli Veterans (Beith Halochem).

Dr. Brook presenting a lecture about the Yom Kippur War at the Levite Jewish Community Center in Birmingham Alabama on Jan 12, 2016.

A presentation about my book on The Yom Kippur War on October 22, 2015 by the Israel Forever Foundation Israel book Club, Washington DC.

Presentation at Kibutz Sha'ar Hagolan, Israel, Jan 22, 2015 

Presentation at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck NJ, June 1, 2014.

Book signing and presentation at Temple Shaaray Tefila, Manhattan, NY, May 19, 2014.

Dr. Brook's presentation about the Yom Kippur War at the Great Neck Temple Long Island New York, Dec. 16, 2012

Dr. Brook presenting in S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles on Dec. 3, 2012.

Invitation to Dr. Brook's presentation in Milken Jewish Community Center, Los Angeles, California, on May 29,  2012.

Dr. Brook presenting at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia on May 21, 2012.

Dr.Brook presents at Beth El Synagogue in Bethesda Maryland on Nov. 4, 2012.

Dr Brook presents at Oseh Shalom Synagogue in Laurel Maryland on Nov.11, 2012

 on May 22, 2013 about the psychological challenges as a physician during the
 YK War and the similarities between being in war and facing cancer

Announcement  of a talk about the Yom Kippur War at the Jewish Community Center, Vancouver, B.C., on Sep. 29, 2013. 

A new French-German documentary about the Yom Kipur War '"Journal De Guerre - War Diary 1973" was aired in 2013. It is a perspective of the war from the point of view of individuals who participated in it. Dr. Brook was appears in the documentery.


Dr. Brook presentation to Hadassah Northeast, Boston, MA, May 1, 2016

Monday, April 2, 2012

Friends of Israel Disabled Veterans (FIDV) Presents the Book in New York

On  Tuesday , May 1, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.,the  FIDV hosted an fund raising event at The Jewish Center in New York City.
Dr. Itzhak Brook and Col. Bentzi Gruber (of the Israeli Defense Forces). 
Dr Brook discussed his recently published book, “In the Sands of Sinai: A Physician’s Account of the Yom Kippur War.” and signs copies of it. All proceeding of the book’s sale were donated to the FIDV.
Col. Bentzi Gruber talked about “Ethics in the Field: An Inside Look at the Israel Defense Forces.”

Dr Brook Speaks at the FIDV lecture

Friends of Israel Disabled Veterans ( www.fidv.org ) is the American-based fundraising arm for Zahal Disabled Veterans Organization (ZDVO), also known as Beit Halochem. Beit Halochem, established in 1949, directs and manages five facilities which provide therapeutic and recreational facilities, as well as sports and academic scholarships, to over 51,000 disabled Israeli servicemen and women.

Dr Brook signs his book at the FIDV event