From the first day I was married until now, a three-volume set of “The Book Of Our Heritage” published in 5733 / 1973 has been sitting on our bookshelf. The author is Eliyahu Kitov and credit goes to Nathan Bulman and Ruth Royde for translating this work from the Hebrew “Sefer Hatoda’ah.
I never met Ruth Royde, but I have a special place in my heart for Nathan Bulman. Because he eventually would become known as Rav Nachman Bulman ZT”L, who lived across the street from our apartment when we lived in Neve Yaakov. And the Shul he established there was on the ground floor of our building. A brief summary of his life follows-
He studied at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), where he obtained his semicha (“rabbinical ordination”). Turning down offers from various communities because of inadequate standards, he eventually accepted a position in Danville, Virginia. Subsequently, he served as a synagogue rabbi and Jewish educator in number of cities in the United States for most of his life. In 1975, he moved to Israel and served as rabbi in Migdal HaEmek
In the late 1970s, he taught at Yeshivat Ohr Sameach in Jerusalem serving as its mashgiach ruchani and continued to serve in that capacity. In 1996 he founded Beis Midrash, Nachlas Tzvi, in Telzstone,
After leaving Migdal HaEmek, Bulman again taught at Ohr Sameach. During the last few years of his life he served as rabbi of the Nachliel Synagogue in Neve Yaakov, Jerusalem, where he resided at the time of his death.
I wrote a Blog to honor his memory and that of Rabbi Chaim Rothman who was a strong Ohr Sameach supporter and died 11 months after being severely wounded during the Har Nof massacre. My Blog was published last year on January 21 at the following link-
Rabbi Bulman’s Timely Commentary Found In The Book Of Our Heritage
We Are Now In The Correct Time Period To Wipe Out Amalek
On Page 49 of Volume Two, the book explains that “immediately preceding the month of Nisan” at the time of the final redemption, the final wiping-out-of-Amalek will take place. This will occur when G-d gives you rest from your enemies as the author previously indicates on Page 46.
The Name Nachman Means “Comforter
It is appropriate that Rabbi Bulman was one of the authors to contribute to The Book Of Our Heritage because his Hebrew name means exactly what must occur before the final redemption.
His Hebrew name is spelled נחמן with the first two Hebrew letters meaning to comfort. The book explains that a person is comfortable when there is nothing to be fearful about. To me, that means we can stop worrying about the bad things that could happen to his or her family, but rather with nothing to fear, that person can now concentrate on the good that life has to offer and be thankful what G-d has given us.
Does The Equivalent Of Haman Exist Today?
There are many candidates that I can think of who would qualify for that prize. Using the Megillah Of Esther as a research tool, there are many hints and possibilities that come to mind.
But for simplicity’s sake, focusing on the publication year of 1973 / 5733 as it relates to the abovementioned edition of The Book Of Our Heritage is a good place to start.
The Yom Kippur War
The war began when the Arab coalition launched a joint surprise attack on Israeli positions during Yom Kippur. Despite the element of surprise on our holiest day of the year, the Arabs were soundly defeated and to this day no Arab military force has been strong enough to challenge Israel again. G-d caused the Arab forces to be wiped out similar to what our wish is for the final destruction of Amalek.
Therefore, until I, my immediate family and all Israelis can live without fear of being attacked then we must be constantly aware that Amalek still exists today. That is obviously the result of the rise of the PLO leader and the Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel.
Yom Kippur And Purim
The names in Hebrew are quite similar which I will not dwell on for this Blog.
There is an inverse relationship between these two special days-
The fast of Yom Kippur starts with a mitzvah to eat and drink, and then we are required to fast. Purim begins with a fast which is followed by a mitzvah to eat and drink.
But The Most Important Point
There has never been a greater opportunity for Middle East peace to become a reality than now. And yet it appears President Biden is refusing to continue down the same path President Trump initiated.
Will there be hope that President Biden will come to his senses and continue to work toward a lasting peace in the Middle East by standing firmly behind its ally Israel?
If the POTUS is going to remain silent at this time, then the solution to Israel’s problems will come from another source.