The Vale of Tears (Emek Habacha) by Joseph Hacohen, Harry S. May

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By Joseph Hacohen, Harry S. May

There have been numerous compelling purposes which caused me to adopt the paintings of translating and commenting upon the Vale of Tears by way of Joseph of all, these of Hacohen, the 16th century doctor and historian. First us who've been educating within the quarter of the center a while have spotted during the last numerous years a different upsurge of curiosity within the box. accordingly, a couple of Medieval Institutes, non-denominational in personality and connected to significant universitites, have sprung up everywhere in the usa attempting once again to narrate themselves to that age which witnessed - between different issues - the exceptional fight among energy complexes, the Church and the nation. students also will need to give some thought to the Jewish heart a long time, interconnected with the Christian heart a while, which lasted for much longer and much past the Renaissance in Europe. such a lot of them tended to gloss over this point of Western Civilization which came upon the Jew within the juggernaut among those powers. scholars of all faiths, ecumenically orientated and honest to the purpose of self-abasement at the moment are prepared, and not using a feel of embarrassment, to debate this lengthy bleak interval within the historical past of ecu guy, the place greed, envy, suspicion and non secular fanaticism had triumphed over cause and piety. but, past all of this, there has been one other attention which guided me in doing this tedious and sometimes challenging paintings: the data of Hebrew has been at the decline during this state.

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118 Isaiah 5:18 THE VALE OF TEARS (EMEK HABACHA) 33 answered: Amen. Oh Lord, remember the members of the Congregation of Cologne for good, and champion their cause. Ephraim ben Jacob wrote all this down in those days, and I took it upon myself to copy his words. In the year 4940 (1180), several Jews left Cologne, in Germany, by ship and some of them disembarked. When they reached the city of Boppard, another ship followed them whose crew had found a Christian girl dead by the shore of the Rhine river.

When in Kaernthen these criminals also arose against them, the Jews gathered in a courtyard. Two brave young men, sons of a man who had sided with the Jews all his life, beat down upon the enemies so that they could do not the least harm. And the reputation of these two was heard afar. But, Rabbi Isaac ben Rabbi Elyakim Shimeon ben Isaac 91 To see if she were dead; not to be regarded as an act of baptism. 92 Ezekiel 24:4 89 90 26 THE VALE OF TEARS (EMEK HABACHA) during this fight, some of the enemy came up from behind into the courtyard and slew the Jews there so that not one of them remained alive.

But neither they, nor the remaining Jews, about thirty-one persons, burned: they only gave up their spirits and died before their Lord. When the Christians saw this, they were astounded and said, "Verily, these were holy people, for they became sanctified. " Rabbi David Hacohen, who resided in one of the Tyrant's cities, witnessed all of this; he pleaded for them, but in vain, for it was God's design, unfathomable in our eyes. The other Jews of the land were forced to surrender one thousand Livres to the Tyrant, but salvaged at least the holy Scrolls of the Law from the power of the Christians.

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