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September 18, 2019
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
What nation is this referring to?
יִשָּׂ֣א ה֩ עָלֶ֨יךָ גּ֤וֹי מֵרָחוֹק֙ מִקְצֵ֣ה הָאָ֔רֶץ כַּאֲשֶׁ֥ר יִדְאֶ֖ה הַנָּ֑שֶׁר גּ֕וֹי אֲשֶׁ֥ר לֹא־תִשְׁמַ֖ע לְשֹׁנֽוֹ׃
The LORD will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, which will swoop down like the eagle, a nation whose language you do not understand.
This is said to be a reference to the Roman leaders Vespasian and his son Titus, who came to destroy Jerusalem and imposed a terrible siege, whose effects are described in the following verses.
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