Stephen Berer
the Eternal Jew's biographer

Instead of the Eternal Jew’s Tale…

image from Yom Kippur War, from Wikimedia, public domain
image from Yom Kippur War, from Wikimedia, public domain

Today in our grief and outrage, in our determination to continue building a permanent home in Israel, our biblical birthright and our historical homeland, I am suspending publication of The Eternal Jew series for this week and perhaps next week, to devote full spiritual, psychological, and intellectual energy to support of Israel and to the task of intensifying our emotional and spiritual underpinnings.

חִזְק֣וּ וְאִמְצ֔וּ
Kheezku v’Eemtzu, Dvar. 31:6
Be strong and resolute, be not in fear or in dread of them; for it is indeed your God יהוה who marches with you: [God] will not fail you or forsake you.
חֲזַ֣ק וֶאֱמָ֔ץ
Khazak v’Emmatz, Josh 1:9
I charge you: Be strong and resolute; do not be terrified or dismayed, for the ETERNAL your God is with you wherever you go.

Hatred is weak, be assured.
The teachers of hatred, the promoters of hatred, the agents of hatred pursue their hatred because they are afraid. They see their smallness, their insignificance, their futility, their immorality, and they are afraid. They know they dwell on quicksand.

A new era is emerging, be assured.
By Rosh Khodesh Kislev we will see the leadership of hatred destroyed. Haniyeh, al-Nakhalah, Deif, and their many lieutenants and lackeys will be dead or hiding in terror. The terrorists themselves will then have found the end-place of their terror.

A new era is emerging, be assured.
A new unity in Israel has awakened from its night of turmoil. We have learned, yet again, that baseless hatred destroys us from within. We are learning, yet again, that all hatred between Jews is baseless. A new commitment to unity is awakening.

A new era is emerging, be assured.
It is coming, though many still resist: there will be ONE law for the home-born and the stranger alike. Declared 23 times in Torah, and amplified in Viyekra 19:34 with “and you shall love him as yourself…”,  an Israeli-Palestinian unity is being born. You nay-sayers, when will you open your eyes? Many, maybe most Palestinian Israelis simply want to be treated as equal citizens. The outcast, welcomed as an equal and friend, will become among the stoutest pillars of the land. (Is that not true for us Jews in the U.S.?) And you leaders who wag the tail and spit invectives, you will soon be replaced by wiser souls.

A new era is emerging, be assured.
חֲזַק חֲזַק וְנִתְּחַזֵּק
Khazak, khazak, v’neetkhazaek.

About the Author
I am a writer, educator, artist, and artisan. My poetry is devoted to composing long narrative poems that explore the clash between the real and the ideal, in the lives of historical figures and people I have known. Some of the titles of my books are: The Song uv Elmallahz Kumming A Pilgimmage tu Jerusalem The Pardaes Dokkumen The Atternen Juez Talen You can listen to podcasts of my Eternal Jew posts on my personal blog, Textures and Shadows, which can be found on my website, or directly, at: I live just outside Washington, DC with my bashert, and we have two remarkable sons. Those three light my life.
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