'Their Tragic Land'
Ruth Wisse, writing for Mosaic:
The Weekly Standard http://assets.weeklystandard.com.s3.amazonaws.com/tws15/images/logo-large.pngThe Weekly Standard 2013 Washington, DC Politics 2013-12-19 http://www.weeklystandard.com/their-tragic-land/article/771488 2013-12-19T13:16 2013-12-19T12:20 'Their Tragic Land' Ruth Wisse, writing for Mosaic: The story of the Jews was told so effectively in the Hebrew Bible that it shaped and sustained them as a people from that time to this. But what happens now? We live in an era in which the Jewish people, having suffered a catastrophic national defeat greater even than the one recorded in the book of Lamentations, went on to write a chapter of its history at least as remarkable as any in its sacred canon. In a single decade, bereft of one third of their number, and without the obvious aid of divine intervention, Jews redefined “miracle” as something that could be enacted through human effort. Over the past six decades, the vitality and civilizing restraint of the Jewish way of life, honed in almost 2,000 years of exile, have been made manifest in the regained conditions of a thriving Jewish polity—one that simultaneously has been under relentless and, lately, spiraling pressure from all sides. Daniel Halper, Jews http://cdn.weeklystandard.biz/cache/280x280-.jpg