The Books of Jacob’s Messianic Muddle

“Why is it that some people have to pay while other people can collect?”
is a question that is asked in Olga Tokarczuk’s book “The Books of Jacob,” featuring a false messiah who’s called Jacob
Frank, who frankly did not give a damn about what was religiously correct,
his program like that of all false messiahs a sad nightmare that provided no one with a call that led to any wake-up.

These calls are always over before they are really over,
directed never by a genuine Jehovah,
far less enjoyable while they happen than in retrospect,
when they turn into subjects that philosophers dissect.

About the Author
Gershon Hepner is a poet who has written over 25,000 poems on subjects ranging from music to literature, politics to Torah. He grew up in England and moved to Los Angeles in 1976. Using his varied interests and experiences, he has authored dozens of papers in medical and academic journals, and authored "Legal Friction: Law, Narrative, and Identity Politics in Biblical Israel." He can be reached at