Tales of our Homeland #1: Trumpeldor’s Nail

Notes and Suggestions for further reading: 

Panel 1 Arab Revolt

Panel 2 Joseph Trumpeldor Ze’ev Jabotinsky 

Panel 3 Trumpeldor, WWI

Panels 4, 7 Jewish Legion The Zion Muleteers of Gallipoli 

Panels 5,6 & 7 The story here comes from  the excellent Lone Wolf: A Biography of Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky, by Shmuel Katz. You can preview the book in Google Books. Quoting Jabotinsky it reads:

“… A worker has his workers interests, a soldier has his ideas about caste, a doctor or an engineer his habit. But among us there must arise a generation which has neither interests not habits. A piece of iron without a crystallized form. Iron, from which everything that the national machine requires should be made. Does it require a wheel? Here I am. A nail, a screw, a girder? Here I am. I have no features, no no feelings, no psychology, no name of my own. I am a servant of Zion, prepared for everything, but to nothing, having one imperative: Build!”

“There are no such people,” I said. 

“There are.”

I was mistaken. The first of them was sitting before me. He was himself a lawyer, a soldier, a farmer. He went to Tel Hai to seek work with the plow, found his death with a rifle, said, “En Davar,” and died immortal. 

Panel 8 The Story of a Sculpture: The Roaring Lion of Tel Hai 

 Tel Hai Museum in Israel – Roaring Lion Memorial in Tel Hai 

Photo by Michael Unterberg

Michael Unterberg (author) and Zvi Ron (artist) have been making comics together since they were classmates in Yeshivah of Flatbush elementary school. They both live in Gush Etzion.

About the Author
Rabbi Doctor Zvi Ron made Aliyah in 1986, learned in Yeshivat Shaalvim and served as a shooting instructor in the IDF. After receiving Smicha from the Israeli Rabbanut, he and his wife, Sharon, went on Shlichut to Richmond, Virginia where he served as Rabbi of Keneseth Beth Israel Synagogue for 10 years. The Rons moved to Israel in 2004 and live with their four children in Neve Daniel, Gush Etzion. He is the author of two books on Tanach: Sefer Katan V'Gadol and Sefer Ha'Ikar Chaser as well as dozens of articles in numerous publications. He is editor of The Jewish Bible Quarterly and he was a contestant on the game show The Weakest Link.
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