Athaliah, Daughter Of Jezebel

      Mordechai Landsberg
Athaliah, Daughter Of Jezebel

This is a thrilling historical-psychological novel, based on the Bible and on the drama ‘Athaliah’- by playwright Racine. This novel will be liked by many who heard the Biblical story about the stubborn God Believers'struggle against a pagan tyrant, murderous Queen Athaliah, daughter of Jezebel. However, Athaliah is not absolutely wicked... Handel's Opera Athaliah was shown on French TV MEZZO...A whole ancient historical era is depicted in this novel. Religious or not –anyone who dislikes any kind of dictatorship - will like to read my book. Plot: Athaliah, who is Jezebel’s daughter, marries the king of Judea, (North Israel neighbor from the south). She hates her husband, the king, who is king David’s offspring, because that king was faithful to God, - and she hates God, who “caused the killing of my family”...One day Athaliah receives a message that her son, who has become Judea’s king, is killed in a battle. Three Judean officers, among them Army Chief Abner- who have been rescued from the battle, tell her that the rebel Jehu was the man who killed her son, (as well as her brother and mother Jezebel)- and now this rebel intends to conquer the small kingdom of Judea... The officers suggest to crown immediately a new king in Judea, in order to unite the people to stand against killer Jehu, now king of Northern Israel. Athaliah refuses to listen, having a selfish wish to be herself the ruler. To her help comes an Ex-Priest of God –Mathan- who reveals to the officers that their comrade, the claimant to the crown, is a bastard, not fit for being a king!.. Athaliah & Mathan make a deal: He will kill for her almost all the remaining offspring-s of king David, (Judean dynasty’s forefather). As a reward - she will nominate Mathan to be high Priest of Baal Idol, as Athaliah herself is a pagan. However, the high Priest of God in Jerusalem’s Temple- Yehoyada, and his wife Yehosheva-( she is Athaliah’s daughter), struggle against the new ruler, Athaliah. The high priest of God soon hides the son of the late king, putting him and his milk-nurse, Nefertita, in a cave. After Athaliah succeeds to deter Jehu- she becomes a tyrant, who fight against God Belivers in her 'Queendom'.In the sixth year of Athaliah’s regime - the public sacrifices in God’s Temple are stopped by her wicked decrees; though she still allows the high priest to teach there Torah- the holy Scriptures- to God Believers. Among his pupils are: his seven years old son, Zakharia, and his friend- a boy named Elyakim, who is said to be a foundling orphan…One day Athaliah comes to visit the Holy Temple, to beg the priests’ help: She suffers from insomnia and nightmares. As she is looking around- she sees the boy Elyakim, who is really her grandson, now aged seven. Answering her questions, he becomes very afraid of her. She “falls in Love” with him, and would like to adopt and educate him. Yehoyada and his wife oppose that idea, of course: The boy is their last hope for renewing king David’s Dynasty rule in Judea! Athaliah threatens Yehoyada to burn the Temple, if he does not hand her the boy. (she is prevented from knowing his true identity). Mathan is filled with fears, understanding that the Queen’s madness will bring the end of her regime. And that really happens: Commander Abner - an ardent God Believer, organizes the rebellion against the mad woman ruler, and succeeds... Athaliah comes into the Temple, and admits before many celebrating people: “King David, you have won.” She is killed, and Elyakim- her only grandson, the rescued baby - is crowned to be the new king of Judea. There are other interesting characters in that novel, like Prophet Joseph- Nefertita’s sweetheart, prophet Elisha - and his leper young servant Gehazi, and his amazing lover and wife Bat Gad, who escapes from him and becomes Athaliah’s whore-spy— against her internal enemies, the priests and prophets of God.…

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    To America and Back

      Mordechai Landsberg
To America and Back

The novel’s lead character – 17 years old Humik, is living with his immigrant family in LA. He is longing for his childhood’s native home Israel and struggles with his parents, as he wishes to return there. He leaves home and stays in NY for some months, having 2 strange love affairs. His family refuses to finance him, as they know he'sgoing to 'Hell of Israel', but he is adamant...The novel's lead character - teenager Humik- is living with his immigrant family in LA. He is longing for his childhood’s native home and struggles with his parents, as he wishes to ‘return to the Hell of Israel’ (as his mother calls that). He leaves home and stays in NY for some months, while his family refuse to finance him, because they contradict his adventurous aspiration. He really follows the example of his 'hero' -Elkano - his mother’s young lover, who had fallen in battle, and his father married Humik’s mother (being then herself already a widow). Now Humik is in the same age of his hero, that he had known in childhood: He is also handsome like him, Now Humik is in the same age of his hero; he is handsome like him, and as such he is having a love affair with an Israeli girl who has come to NY to study in Manhattan High School of Music. But soon Humik reveals that she has suffered from schizophrenia. Not long after having shocked by that- he is tempted by a good looking and impressive NY young woman of 23, Raphaella. She studies ‘Managing Artists and Movies Producing’, and persuades Humik ‘to make a living' by being her sex-mate in a Peepshow Brothel. Humik is not aware of her complex character (She could not bear her father’s pedantic control over her, and escaped from home in her teenage)...Suddenly, after two months of sexing with Humik, Raphaella’s ex guy-friend, a mini-market owner – boasting for his business success, re-contacts her and promises a marriage. She leaves our protagonist and returns to that guy, who is revealed to be a queer person, on the verge of psychopathy, who soon sinks into enormous debts. Meanwhile our young Protagonist arrives in his native land, to join the parachutes’ troops there. He has reached his goal – but is wounded in the battlefield. While in recovery- he is faced unexpectedly with an ‘American bad guy’, who is suspected by Humik to be the run-away murderer of his attractive girlfriend Raphaella from NY. The knowledge that such a person would live not far from him, and not caught to get into court and be punished- dims the light of Humik's voyage. But he is too stubborn and proud to admit his adolescence illusion: He continues to choose his own way, and refuses to get back to America.

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    The Rabbi Who Tricked Stalin

      Mordechai Landsberg
The Rabbi Who Tricked Stalin

The reader of this book does not have to know much about the Jewish religion. The Rabbi symbolizes any possible simple citizen struggling against dictatorship. What brought A Rabbi to fake madness and hide that secret even from his wife, was a belief that God has given him that idea -:as the only way to convince the atheistic regime he is non-beneficial to communism - and deport him from Russia.Russia after 1917 revolution: Young Aaron Hittin is a Rabbi' whose wife commits suicide, becuse she has born a cripple baby, and she blames herself for that.The Rabbi remains with the child. His friend who is his late wife’s brother, and has become Stalin’s follower, helps him by sending his sweetheart, young social worker Natalya, to support the Rabbi to raise the child…The Rabbi falls in love with her but does not show that. Only after she is sent to Siberia, being blamed to be the Regime's enemy, he writes about that to her and dhe answers to him that she has to hi, the same feeliog, as his ex-friend betrayed her...Aftert three years in 'work camp' she uis released and the couple get married. However, the secret police (Gepau) humiliate and prosecute the Rabbi, because he appeals to Stalin to let him and his family get out of the atheist Soviet State, that tries to humiliate him and has broken down his small congregation...Antonov- Head of Gepau in town becomes the stubborn Rabbi’s enemy because Stalin refuses any emigration from Russia. He causes many troubles to the Rabbi, and at last he abducts his deformed child, who has been educated as a God Believer. The Rabbi seems to have become mad because of that act. Only his cripple child knows that he fakes madness. Rabbi's wife Natalya is frustrated, because he hides the truth from her, suspecting that she would oppose his plot, that intends to persuade the Regime to send him out of Russia.... Rabbi is brought into an asylum, where he suffers for more than a year from tortures by electric shocker - to make him confess he is sane, and facing many queer inquiries, because the communists consistently suspect him to be sane…In his willingly imprisonment he meets other insane pretenders - as well as true, real mads: The mads' suffering is described here in a grotesque, humoristic and passionate way...Despite his suffer, the Rabbi succeeds to survive in his disguise. After more than a year in asylum - his wife finds his sister’s address in Brooklyn, U.S.- and sends her a postcard, asking her to apply to Stalin: The insane Rabbi and his small family should be allowed to leave Russia for humanitarian reasons. After five letters without answer, The dictator Styalin suddenly agrees, and signs an order of ‘deportation’...How and why all that had been achieved - in a regime that no one could leave, becasuse it feared that millions would emigrate? - An answer to that you will find only by reading the whole novel.

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