You shall keep the Feast of Ingathering
at the end of the year, when you gather in from the field the fruit of your labor. - Exodus 23:16
It is both a travelogue and a cultural history, both an ingathering
of facts and an ode.
Imagine that this catastrophe leads directly to a political solution for the survivors: a sovereign state, an ingathering
of the displaced remnant, in a land full of historical resonance for this wandering people.
The State of Israel will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering
of the Exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.
This is hardly the grand ingathering
of exiles imagined by idealistic Zionist thinkers, but it does point to new forms of sustenance, a possible turning point in a troubled life.
This challenge to nationalist mythology is also reflected in the exposure of the failure, on many levels, of the Zionist dream, the particular ways in which, in the words of the sign, "we don't have any of it." Boianjiu's novel is populated by characters who do not fit into the Zionist image of the place of ingathering
of the exiles, either because the ingathering
fails or because certain exiles are excluded from the category of those who deserve to be gathered in.
Benjamin Purnell's claim to be the last in a line of seven messengers from the biblical book of Revelation signaled to true believers the beginning of the end--the ingathering
of the 144,000 Elect at the dawn of the millennium, the thousand-year reign of Christ on Earth.
The theme of the contest was the ingathering
of the exiles, which was also the theme of the ten questions asked by Prime Minister Netanyahu to the last group of contestants.
This is normal practice when ingathering
an estate and if a professional valuer was used, his assessment of cost can also be passed on.
Saluting Maronite nuns, priests and Members of Maronite organizations making up his Mother Church, Rahi went on to liken Christ's ingathering
of what Baal-Zeboub scattered and dispersed to what certain politicians committed!
The establishment of the state "against all odds" was a miracle in and of itself, but then the wonders never ceased: The desert was blooming, the exiles were ingathering
, the army was triumphing and the nation was start-upping, over and over again.
I think of the invisible archive that each of us bears within, a deeply personal ingathering
of sights and sounds and scents and bits of the sometimes ruined materiality that memory allots--and perhaps this is another way of thinking about the coruscating flow of the inner life that gives meaning to our existence, all that comes up when we dare to say "I." And surely this is the province of poetry.
Thus, the ingathering
of Persian inscriptions in this book is accompanied by discussion of the relevant historical and cultural contexts.
If so, multiple mergers could have led to a runaway ingathering
that created a massive black hole.
"And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering
at the year's end."