SPEAKING at a public victory rally in New York City right after the end of the Six Day War, the late Arthur Hertzberg declaimed with unparalleled emotion:
“I will provide peace in the land, and you will lie down with none to make you afraid . . . ” (Leviticus 26:6).
The sword of extinction had hung over Israel (Nasser of Egypt’s infamous threat to “drive Israel into the sea”), but Israel vanquished its enemies.
“Five of you will pursue a hundred,” continued Hertzberg, “and a hundred of you will pursue ten thousand” (26:8).
Hertzberg captured the emotions of the huge crowd — the Jewish people had passed from mortal fear to stunning elation in a matter of days.