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Udi Aloni

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157599

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.001.0001

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An Angel Under Siege

An Angel Under Siege

To Hassan Hourani

Chapter:
(p.147) An Angel Under Siege
Source:
What Does a Jew Want?
Author(s):

Aloni Udi

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.003.0024

In this tribute to Hassan Hourani, the author talks about angels. He says God creates countless new angels, whose only purpose is to sing the Lord's praise, and then vanish. An angel who attempts to escape this bitter fate, he suggests, usually adopts a man and disguises himself as his guardian angel. The author adds: “But his angelic nature will not allow him to withstand the company of the man for long, for his vices are unbearable. The man will not permit the angel to return to his future, because suddenly he feels he has a God all his own—and he loves it. As a matter of fact, he loves it so much he will fight the angel with all his might. He will detain him, first with pleas and then with cunning and finally by force”.

Keywords:   angel, Hassan Hourani, God, guardian angel, man

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