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The Epitaph Of Shimon Peres

“Man is a beggar when he thinks and a prince when he dreams.” I do not know if Shimon Peres was fond of Hölderlin’s poetry. And it may seem incongruous to place side by side the Swabian poet obsessed with the Greek gods and the hero of Haganah born in the forests of Poland and haunted to the end of his life by the specter of the destruction of the Jews. But that is the phrase I have in mind this morning (September 30) as his friends from around the world, gathered here in Jerusalem, crowd around the modest grave in which the last of Israel’s founders is to be buried.
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