Ein Hokuk and the story of Habakkuk
Seffi Ben Yosef
Published: 21.03.07, 20:36
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1. This whole article was lost on me.
Joe ,   Ohio, USA   (03.21.07)
Just what was his point or did he have one to begin with? It seems to me that the authors point wanders a little everywhere and really says nothing
2. The grave of Prophet Habakkuk located in Iran Toyserkan
e.m ,   s.f   (03.22.07)
3. Location is confusing...etc.
Binyamin ,   Be'er Sheva   (03.22.07)
The article mentions road #70 but I thought #65 was the road between the two junctions mentioned. Also, my map shows the nahal running next to the site to be Nahal Haartzi (הארצי). I am still interested in the location from the photos shown in the article. However, I am confused of the authors reason for writing this article: historical clarification, religious sniping, or what!?!?!?!
4. #1 and 3 - confussing article
Yoni ,   Safed, Israel   (03.23.07)
the author is being cynical and sarcastic, trying to cover up his distaste for the "Members of the Committee to Save Ancient Graves" He is implying that they have absconded with finances or at best misused the finances raised. He does this as a cover by talking about the beautiful landscape and historical "facts". He also talked disparragingly about doners to the cause of saving, marking and documenting these anceint cites. He mixes all this up with his take on history and the landscape thereby lending an air of crede to his opinions.
5. Searching for sanctity among the dead
Raymond from DC ,   Washington, DC USA   (03.23.07)
As e.m (#2) points out, the actual grave of Habakkuk is more likely to be the one so identified in Iran. Historicity is of limited importance to those who don't study history. Moreover, the trend he describes goes against the traditional Jewish focus on the living, not the dead. But this author inadvertently touches on a common tendency among fundamentalists - call it the search for sanctity. The Jews are not alone in searching for something sacred, something holy. Christian agents of Constantine scoured the Holy Land for places that held religious significance for their faith, and no one knows how many of those newly sanctified locations, enhanced by places of worship, have any historic basis to them. Fundamentalist Muslims demonstrate a tendency to grant such sanctity to anything they wish to claim, so former Jewish or Christian or Buddhist sites are made Muslim. But even those sites for which historicity is not an issue can be misused by those seeking a sacred connection to the dead. Maimonides burial site in Tiberias is an example. What was a poorly maintained site in 1984, attended to by only a local beggar or two, has been remade as a haredi tourist site. So of course it must now conform to haredi standards (gender separation, etc.) Funded by overseas donors, it now has a distinctive metal sculpture overhead to mark the site, and some educational material (Hebrew only as I recall) along the "mehitza" running over the tomb. It's hard for someone not of the haredi persuasion to be inspired by such a site.
6. Here is a point
m   (03.24.07)
I can agree on one thing people have a tendency to spend too much time wondering what they can do for the dead and not enough time doing things for the living. If you love someone so much love them and show it now , don't cry false tears over someones grave and say "i wish i did more blah blah..'Love now, while you can.
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