Jewish history recognizes Nehemiah as one of the founding fathers of the Second Commonwealth, when the Second Temple stood in Jerusalem. A statesman, politician, and lay religious administrator, Nehemiah aimed to strengthen national security, foster diplomatic relations with neighboring states, and establish social and religious order in the ancient Jewish society. In Nehemiah: Statesman and Sage, Dov Zakheim, a former senior official in the US government, examines the life of the biblical figure through the lens of modern experience. Zakheim mines the biblical Book of Nehemiah to present a political biography of a man who rose to the highest levels of the Persian court, dedicating his life to the welfare of the Jewish people. Utilizing a unique collection of traditional and scholarly sources, Zakheim reveals how Nehemiah confronted fundamental issues of his day, highlighting lessons for policy-makers today.… (more)
To my grandchildren [Hebrew]Grandchildren are the crown of their elders (Proverbs 17:6) ---The Author
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Etched high on the outer wall of Jerusalem's Old City, a few feet from the Jaffa Gate and facing the restored Mamilla district, is a brief Hebrew inscription.
Nevertheless, just as Ezra restored the Torah to the Jewish people, so did Nehemiah restore their sense of identity and nationhood. For the Jewish people, Torah and nationality are intertwined and inseperable. Nehemiah, even more than Ezra, recognized this reality. For that reason, more than any other, his book remains required reading, and his role as a leading light of Jewish history will forever be secure.