Tales of our Homeland #7: Herzl in Sofia

Notes and Suggestions for further reading: 

This story is based on quotes from Herzl’s diaries in the masterful history of Israel and Zionism, The Siege by Conor Cruise O’Brien, on pages 72-73. It records Herzl’s amazement at his growing fame and popularity. It is difficult to overstate the nearly messianic fervor that Der Judenstaat unleashed into the Eastern European Jewish masses. 

(The book is out of print, but used copies are easily accessible. It was published in 1986, and you can’t find a better read for history up till that period. It’s insightful, witty, and incredibly well written.) 

Panel 1: Abdul Hamid II

Panel 2: Jews of Bulgaria

Panel 8: Jewish Orthodox and Reform opposition

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.

Please do not reuse without permission from the authors. Thank you. 

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.