Issue 6.2: Politics and Activism

An obscure midrash called Aseret Melakhim describes the reigns of ten kings who ruled or will rule over all of humanity, “from one end of the world until the other.” Among the stories and interpretations there appears the following account: “The eighth king is Alexander [the Great] of Macedon, who ruled from one end of the world until the other… Nor is this all, but he even tried to ascend to Heaven and discern what is there… Nor is this all, but he even tried to go to the Land of Darkness and discern what is there…”