In that day, I will restore David’s fallen sukkah. I will repair it’s broken walls and restore it’s ruins. I will rebuild it as in the days of old.

– Amos 9:11

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Enemy at the gates

The Jewish people were born for warfare, even as YHVH promised to Abraham: “Indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand, which is on the seashore. And your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies! And in your seed all the nations

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Hans Christian Andersen published a children’s fairy tale in 1837 titled ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ (Danish, Kejserens nye klæder). His story was based on an even older Indian anthology of fables – the Nirvāṇalīlāvatī of Jineśvara – dated to 1052. In the original Indian fable, a dishonest merchant swindles the king of Śrāvastī (a town

The Caesarea Syndrome

“My God, my God! May these things never end – the sand and the sea, the rustling of the waves, the lightning in the sky, the prayer of a man…” This poem – titled ‘A walk to Caesarea’ – was written by Hannah Szenes, a Jewish poet and partisan. Born

The pirates of jihad

The year 2023 has been one of tension and crisis for Israel, each earth-shaking event followed by another one incrementally more traumatic. The Hebrew prophets wryly comment about such times: “As when a man flees from a lion and a bear confronts him, or he goes home, leans with his hand

And a new king arose over Egypt who did not know Joseph

“Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, ‘Behold, the people of the sons of Israel . . . Come, let us deal shrewdly with them’ . . . So they appointed taskmasters over them to oppress them” (Exodus 1:8-14) . . .  “And the sons of

I have set watchmen on your walls

Three thousand years ago, Solomon the son of David proclaimed, “Unless YHVH builds a house, they who build it labor in vain. Unless YHVH guards a city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1).  The Hebrew word for watchmen used in this context is shomrim (singular shomer), meaning ‘one who guards

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