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A lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow



God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
- Voltaire

A lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow

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We had team drinks this evening at a horrible little Irish bar on 3rd. I chanced to walk back to the subway with an Israeli colleague. As we were walking back he began lamenting the collapse of the financial markets and the atmosphere of fear that surrounds us poor (yet frankly well compensated) souls who toil therein.

"גם זה יעבור" I said.

He registered some surprise that I was able to say something apposite in Hebrew. So I explained that I had heard the story. He didn't know the story so as we walked the rest of the way back I related the tale of Benaiah ben Yehoyadah and the magical ring that King Solomon commanded him to find and bring to him.

"It's a good story," he said. "And it works. Now we're both smiling."

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