Music: Dancers of Israel

The rulers ceased in Israel, they ceased,

Until that thou didst arise, Deborah,

That thou didst arise a mother in Israel.

—Judges 5

On the darkened stage of a Manhattan theater, the ancient and moving story unfolded in stately dance and song: Deborah described how she led her nation to victory over Sisera, king of Canaan; praised Barak, the victorious general; sang of the heroism of Jael, wife of Hener the Kenite, who killed Sisera when he went to her tent. Then the bearded men and the dark, long-haired women ranged across the stage in a ritualistic dance of victory, chanting their praise...

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