The ruin of the Second Temple marks a key point in the history of the world. Not only was the Jewish people exiled from the land of Israel, the Jews also lost their war against self-centeredness. For the first time since its inception, the tenet, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” was not the guiding rule within the nation. Jews still had high regard for unity, as they still do to this day, but they began to use it to gain self-centered purposes instead of as a means for correction of the ego and as an asset to be passed on to all mankind.
I first meet Patrick Smith at a FAME Conference in Orlando. I purchased a personal, signed copy of A Land Remembered and have since been hooked on his books. my husband started reading it first and he would read certain parts out loud to me and finally told him to hurry and finish so I could read it. I could not put it down once I started reading. As an Elem. Media Specialist, now retired, I purchased a copy for the collection and also the students editions, encouraged many teachers, students, friends and family to read ,”A Land Remembered”.