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Eleventh Commandment, the (1977) [Novel]
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The Eleventh Commandment is an original satire that tells the marvellous story of what happens to world politics when Israel strikes oil and, through a geological fault, the oil deposits of the entire Arab world drain into the Israeli reserves. This mishap puts the United Nations into absolute turmoil.

The principal character is Jacob Schoenbaum, who is seventy-five years old and looks like a nice little old Jewish gentleman. However, if Attila the Hun had been born Jewish and with a little more chutzpah, he might have grown up to be Jacob Schoenbaum, whose mission in life is to fight City Hall, wherever and whenever possible. His other mission is to marry off his daughter Sonya to a Nice Jewish Boy. With liberated Sonya and her reputation among the satisfied young men in New York, it won't be easy. But in Israel, Schoenbaum's wife Sophie tells him on her death-bed that they must do the impossible. "Sounds to me," says Schoenbaum, "Entebbe was easier."

Once in Israel, though, Schoenbaum sees Sonya married to an NJB named Chaim Barak, who is a geologist and an engineer. Battling Tel Aviv's City Hall over the terrible taste of the water, Schoenbaum decides to dig his own well and strikes oil instead. During the ensuing wave of unexpected prosperity and power for Israel, the Arab League strikes back. Craftily, the Sultan of Oman offers to trade a harem for some of Israel's Pennsylvania grade crude, and Israel is in trouble. The family culture, based upon the absolute supremacy of the Jewish Princess, is undermined.

And then, as sometimes happens in the history of the Holy Land, there is a roll of thunder, a flash of lightning, and a Voice. The Voice tells Schoenbaum to send Chaim with his rock hammer, to the caves of Qumran, to discover an unknown Dead Sea Scroll. On the back side of the Scroll is the missing Eleventh Commandment. Its valuable prescription for Israel reverses the course of history once more, and just in the nick of time.

Original title: The Eleventh Commandment
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionHistorical
FictionGeneral FictionHumorSatire

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Eleventh Commandment, the (1977)
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Language: English

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Eleventh Commandment, the (1977)


ISBN: 0491020457

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