The rulers ceased in Israel, they ceased,
Until that thou didst arise, Deborah,
That thou didst arise a mother in Israel.
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...