Samson, beware of the Philistines

Jabotinsky’s novel, originally written in Russian, is a book that accompanied Rinenberg all his youth.

May 25, 2017 12:08

Play director Efim Rinenberg says that his own life mirrors the situation of Samson – as someone who is torn between two cultures, just as Samson was torn between his Jewish background and the Philistine culture he loved so much. (photo credit: VITALY FRIEDLANDER)


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At the end of the play Shimshon (Samson, one of the judges in the Book of Judges) the biblical hero and protagonist addresses the audience and urges them to “get iron [weapons], install a king [central authority and statehood] and learn to laugh.”

He is loudly applauded. The play is the latest production at the local MIKRO Theater.


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