A subtle complex that defies definition, a religion, a nation, a culture, all and none. At its essence: the Law of the Torah and lovingkindness. But as we expand: the Talmud and our traditions and rules. The culture of Judah and Israel; the land, the place, the Temple, Zion, Jerusalem; the diversity of cosmopolitanism, the joy of 3,000 years of heroism, survival, faith, suffering; richness of rituals, the languages of Hebrew, Ladino, Yiddish, literature, poetry, songs, humour, movies. A way of seeing the world, of swimming against the tide.
Simon Sebag-Montefiore is an award-winning writer and historian