In this latest Tale from the Judah Halevi Journals, the feared Ezekiel Benzion is revealed as he is known to those closest to him: as a devoted father, a loving husband, a loyal son and a dear brother. He is a man yearns for the day he can lay down his weapons to live free from oppression in peace and dignity. Until that day, however, he is willing to do whatever is needed to keep his family and his people safe. In his own words, "I never regret justice done. I am haunted only by justice not yet delivered."
Then one day, he is ordered to perform a Biblical act of sacrifice with his own hands to save his community. On that day he becomes an outcast by the very rules he lives by, a man tormented by the terrible deed he performs. It is left to men outside his community who face a different form of oppression to help him discover a pathway back through acts of loving kindness.
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About the Author
As the stories reached their climaxes, the narrator often switched to Yiddish, to spare the tender ears of "das Kind"--the child. Everyone would roar with laughter or shake their heads in sympathy at the end of the tale, leaving young Ezekiel desperate to learn the language to understand their secrets. So, in college, he switched his major from mathematics to foreign languages--specializing in the languages of the Jewish diaspora--Yiddish, Ladino, Arabic and Hebrew.
Eventually his grandfather gave him his most prized possession--the 200 year old journals written by a distant forebear, Judah Halevi. Throughout the journals, Ezekiel found codes and puzzles leading him on new paths of research to uncover the truth of the mysterious doctor's life. What he learned forms the structure of the tales in the series from "The Judah Halevi Journals." In writing the books, Ezekiel proudly follows his family's tradition--telling the stories of the old country to a new generation.
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