The Discomfiting but Urgent Message of the Prophet Nahum

A voice of “blazing heat and pellucid clarity,” Nahum reminds us that, like justice and love, vengeance is an element of God’s being.

An 18th-century Russian Orthodox icon of the prophet Nahum. Wikipedia.

An 18th-century Russian Orthodox icon of the prophet Nahum. Wikipedia.

Observation
March 10 2016
About the author

Michael W. Schwartz is of counsel to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and a former president of Congregation Or Zarua in New York City.


I am Nahum. That is my Hebrew name, after my mother’s father, Nahum (Nathan) Berman. He was a scholarly and devout Jew who saw to it that not only his son but also, less commonly, his daughters were well educated in Jewish sources. My mother would recall his saying that if you can’t have an ancestor, be one.

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