Matti Friedman is a Canadian author and journalist who raised in Toronto and now lives and writes in Jerusalem. Author of "Pumpkinflowers" (shortlisted for 2017 RBC Taylor Prize) & "The Aleppo Codex," winner of the Sami Rohr Prize.
People engaged in conflict need to develop a language of grief. Religion has traditionally offered one, but in Israel's early years people weren't looking for the old mourning rituals that Judaism had to offer. Neither were they particularly interested in warlike language - "warriors," "glory," and so forth. They turned instead to the natural world.
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