The tunnel was for the water
by Ron Townsend on April 5, 2007In 1983 I was reading the source during the summertime and I remember the particular
day our minister came to visit was the day that a KC Chief lost his life trying to rescue
two children. I asked our minister why the Hebrews were digging the tunnel. He said,
"For the water." And I remembered reading a biography of Golda Meir in which the
writer gave the phonetic Hebrew greetings in Israel. In English, how are you? The
reply in English, fine, but there isn't enough water. I heard those greetings only once
In Texas when two Hebrew speaking students greeted each other. The point is that digging down through different levels as Michener did in the Source you learn of the way
the early Hebrews and their co-inhabitants had to live. Having attended a Jewish conversion class in 1980 I learned that the manner in which food was cooked and eaten
and which we know as kosher was partially because of living in the desert. The wide
expanse that Michener opened up in this book is relevant to today as well. It is well
worth the time and the energy to plow through it's 900 pages.
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