“‘…And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land of thy sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.’”
Genesis 17:8 

“When does one first begin to remember?” begins Winston Churchill’s majestic autobiography, My Early Life. The Jewish people have consistently done so ever since Mosheh told them in D’varim 31:19 to “Now therefore write ye this song [the Torah] for you, and teach thou it the children of Israel; put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for Me against the children of Israel.” This Mr. Churchill, a dear and life-long friend of the Jews, knew.

Despite colonization, massacre, dispersion, and genocide, the Jews reside today as then in their ancient home, speaking their ancient language, and clinging with heroism and righteousness to their ancient religion. Nearly three and a half millennia have turned to dust since signs and wonders brought them to a land flowing with destiny. The roots planted in the day of Yehoshua’s sword, though neglected for a time, now bloom as the fruits of their fealty.

The tongue which the One who shaped us in the womb used to spread the stars to the farthest ends of space is spoken again throughout the cities of Yehudah. As said Yir’miyahu long before fine, fluted columns graced Hellas, in the streets of Yerushalayim are heard the voices of gladness and joy, the voices of bridegroom and bride. Familiar in their mouths and freshly remembered, the strains of David’s lyre sweeten the air like the scent of olive groves. The eagles’ wings rest and their nests are warmed and full.

The Jewish people are a family, a nation, a land, a book, a story on which the sun never and will never set. For they fear no evil.

Hebrew alphabetic exercise. Iron Age I, c. 12th century B.C.E. Iz’bet Sar’tah. Pottery. 16 x 9 cm. IAA: 1980-1. (Israel Museum, Jerusalem)
“Isaiah seal,” c. 8th century B.C.E. Clay impression. (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Jug with Hebrew inscription (“[Belonging] to Yehumal”). Iron Age II, c. 8th–7th century B.C.E. Chev’ron area. Pottery. 21 x 13 cm. IAA: 1975-242. (Israel Museum, Jerusalem)
Hebrew letter. Iron Age II, 7th–6th century B.C.E. Arad. Ink on pottery. 6.2 x 4.3 cm. IAA: 1967-669. (Israel Museum, Jerusalem)
Graffito with temple vessels. Herodian period, 1st century B.C.E. Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem. Plaster. 32 x 32 cm. IAA: 1982-1055. (Yoram Lehmann / Israel Museum, Jerusalem)
Oil lamp with original wick. 1st century B.C.E.–1st century C.E. Qumran cave, Judean Desert. Pottery. 4.3 x 10 cm. 97.74(147); IAA: 346303-פ.  (Israel Museum, Jerusalem)
Section from the Great Psalms Scroll (11Q5). c. 30–50 C.E. Qumran Cave 11, Judean Desert. Parchment. (Shai Halevi and Leon Levy / Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library)
Bronze p’rutah of the First Jewish Revolt. April 67–March 68 C.E. Jerusalem. Bronze. Obverse: Amphora with broad rim and two handles; Shenat sh’tayim (“Year 2”). Reverse: Vine leaf on branch; Cherut Tziyon (“[For the] freedom of Zion”). Diameter: 17 mm. Private collection. (Ben Poser / White Rose Magazine)
Letter in Greek from the archive of the lady Babatha. c. 96–134 C.E. Cave of Letters, Judean Desert. Papyrus. (Israel Museum, Jerusalem / Alamy Stock)
Menorah. 6th century C.E. Ein Gedi synagogue. Bronze. 21.5 x 14 cm. IAA: 1970-612. (Israel Museum, Jerusalem)
Incantation bowl with Hebrew script. c. 1450 C.E. Land of Israel. Ink on pottery. Glass lantern slide. c. 1900. LS2457-A. Collection of David Gordon Lyon (1852–1935). (Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East)
Map of the Kingdoms of Judah and Israel. Histoire universelle depuis le commencement du monde jusqu’à présent, traduite de l’anglois. Bd. 3 (Amsterdam: Arkstée et Merkus, 1771), p. 1. (Alamy Stock)

“‘…Thus saith the Lord GOD: Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, whither they are gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land… I will make a covenant of peace with them—it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will establish them, and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in the midst of them for ever.’”
Ezekiel 37:21, 26 

Félix Adrien Bonfils (1831–1885). Jewish men in Jerusalem. c. 1870. Glass lantern slide. LS421. Collection of David Gordon Lyon (1852–1935). (Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East)
David Gordon Lyon (1852–1935). Torah scroll. 1898. Glass lantern slide. LS809. Collection of David Gordon Lyon. (Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East)
Jews at the Western Wall. c. 1900. Glass lantern slide. LS1440. Collection of David Gordon Lyon (1852–1935). (Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East)
Félix Adrien Bonfils (1831–1885). “Jerusalem Jew.” c. 1870. Glass lantern slide. LS3815. Collection of David Gordon Lyon (1852–1935). (Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East)
Yemenite Jewish boy learning to read. Jerusalem. c. 1900. Glass lantern slide. LS3866. Collection of David Gordon Lyon (1852–1935). (Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East)
David Gordon Lyon (1852–1935). Southern view of the Mount of Olives. March 23, 1902. Glass lantern slide. LS298. Collection of David Gordon Lyon. (Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East)
David Gordon Lyon (1852–1935). View of the Western Wall from the roof of a synagogue. April 4, 1902. Glass lantern slide. LS327. Collection of David Gordon Lyon. (Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East)
David Gordon Lyon (1852–1935). Jewish women and children. T’ver’yah. c. April 1907. Glass lantern slide. LS3924. Collection of David Gordon Lyon. (Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East)
David Gordon Lyon (1852–1935). Jewish settlement at Rosh Pinah. Upper Galilee. April 16, 1907. Glass lantern slide. LS1284. Collection of David Gordon Lyon. (Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East)
David Gordon Lyon (1852–1935). Jewish school in Metulah. Northern Israel. April 18, 1907. LS1303. Collection of David Gordon Lyon. (Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East)
Liselotte Grschebina (1908–1994). Bukharan girl, Jerusalem. 1937. Gelatin silver print. 22.5 × 16.8 cm. B01.0244(0119). (Israel Museum, Jerusalem)

“The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of singing is come,
And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.…
Awake, O north wind;
And come, thou south;
Blow upon my garden,
That the spices thereof may flow out.
Let my beloved come into his garden,
And eat his precious fruits.”
Song of Songs 2:12, 4:16 

Flowers glow by the Kineret. July 5, 2010. (Ben Poser)
Prayer before the dawn. Metzadah. July 13, 2010. (Ben Poser)
“Welcome to the Jewish Quarter.” Jerusalem. July 14, 2010. (Ben Poser)
Metzadah, over which the sun shall never fall. c. July 15, 2012. (Ben Poser)

“Should you have been banished to the very sky’s end, your God will gather you again even from there….”
Deuteronomy 30:4