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In his novelThe Time of Trimming(‘et ha-zamir), Israeli author Haim Be’er describes the emergence of messianic zeal among religious Zionist circles in Israel right before the 1967 war. In one unforgettable scene, the military undertaker Susser listens with great dismay to Benny Brimmer, an enthusias...

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Published in: Blood for Thought p. 1
Main Author: Mira Balberg
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: University of California Press 10-03-2017
Edition: 1
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Summary: In his novelThe Time of Trimming(‘et ha-zamir), Israeli author Haim Be’er describes the emergence of messianic zeal among religious Zionist circles in Israel right before the 1967 war. In one unforgettable scene, the military undertaker Susser listens with great dismay to Benny Brimmer, an enthusiastic young man talking about the Jewish people’s obligation to rebuild the Jerusalem temple and to renew the sacrificial cult. Unable to contain his rage, Süsser interrupts the young man’s sermon: “I don’t need a temple,” Süsser cut Brimmer’s tripartite plan off, “so that Zvi Yehuda Kook and ‘the Nazarite’ David Cohen¹ would be
DOI: 10.1525/j.ctt1t89ktb.4