Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Seeing redemption in current events


"Jeremiah wrote, “In those days the house of Judah will go to the house of Israel,” and none could understand what this meant - but then, lo and behold, through the agency of explorers who traveled from Portugal to India for spices, I received a letter from Jews living in the lands of the west, who claimed to be descendants of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, who had been exiled from the cities of Judah by Sanchereb and had not returned for the Second Temple! Behold, the house of Judah goes to the house of Israel!"

(Don Isaac Abarbanel [15th-16th century], Commentary to Jeremiah 3:18)

Have a great day,


  1. Where are the '"lands of the West" Could Abarbanel be referring to legends that the aboriginal tribes of the West Indies were drscrndec from the Israelite tribes?

  2. Interesting question; he doesn't comment on the meaning of "West", as I recall.