Why have the Jews Survived?


War seems a constant in the Middle East. After ISIS, if we finally deal with them as we ought, no doubt some other tyranny is standing in line to cause trouble. What a place to grow up, as a nation! 2500 years ago an Assyrian general — not Syrian, they did at least lose the letter “a” over the past two and a half millennia — camped outside a vulnerable little state centered on Jerusalem, and threatened total destruction. Why did he fail? All the other nearby nations have vanished. Why do those who want to send the Jewish people wherever the Moabites and Phillistines went, from Haman to Hitler and Hamas, all keep on failing? [read article]

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