Thursday, 22 May 2008

Written by Rabbi Professor Marc Saperstein

ואתכם אזרה בגוים  “I will scatter you among the nations” (Lev. 26:33).

This is the beginning of one verse from a long and powerful passage  (26:14–41) describing the terrifying consequences for the people of Israel if they fail to live up to their obligations under the covenant. It is an ominous depiction of suffering in history: disease, drought, famine so extreme it leads to cannibalism, military defeat, destruction of the land, exile, oppression, physical deterioration and psychological trauma.

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