Esor Ben-Sorek
Esor Ben-Sorek

Saul Was King. Saul Is King.

Every Bible reader knows who Saul was. He was the first anointed King of Israel who regrettably lost his crown to a young harpist boy named David. Saul was anointed by Samuel who ultimately rejected him and his kingship.

But today I have discovered a new king. His name is also Saul and his kingdom is somewhere in Hallandale, Florida in the south of the United States. Before the rebirth of the State of Israel in 1948, Florida was the “promised land” for American Jews. Nu? What could be so bad? A bagel breakfast with the gang at Wolfie’s, freshly squeezed orange juice from a freshly picked orange, and a dip in the ocean in January when snow fell in the north.

I have never met the new King Saul but I have read of his good humanitarian works for the social benefits of others. He received his crown from the Wurzweiller palace of Yeshiva University and he wears it with distinction.

Although he does not have a medical degree, he has brought immense healing to my depressed life. He cannot know the great effect his kind words have had on me. He reached out to me, a total stranger, and touched not only my heart but also my soul.

I must maintain his anonymity but not his words. In a comment on one of my recent articles he took the time to write a response which I have printed out to share with my children and loved ones. Here are his words:

“Please note that you make a difference. I look forward to each of your columns. You write with a full heart. I hardly read any other blogs because they are too grandiloquent. Your writings are sincere, deep and well thought out. We never know whose lives we touch during our time on Earth, or why we mattered. Your words matter. You matter.”

Tears welled up in my eyes when I read King Saul’s message to me. My editors know his identity, have read his comments, and can verify the words which I have reproduced.

He wrote that “we never know whose lives we touch….”. But I want him to know that few have ever touched my heart so profoundly as he did.

I call him a King because he possesses the qualities of royalty and loyalty. His yiddishkeit is his menschlichkeit. He brought a ray of sunshine into a stranger’s darkness and his words caused the darkness to fade away so that I can see a bit more of the light.

I bless King Saul for his kindness. I shall never forget the wonders that a man who never met me has wrought. If only many others could open their hearts to strangers and warm them by their kindness, our world would become a new gan Eden….a paradise. Sadly our present paradise, like the one in which Adam and Eve frolicked, has too many snakes leading us into forbidden temptations.

The first King Saul lost his crown. This King Saul of Florida will wear his crown proudly and forever with the blessings of good health and length of years bestowed upon him by Almighty God.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.