Translation of the Midrash of the Asara Harugei Malchus, the Ten Martyrs of Israel
Eileh Ezkarah is a Midrash about Jewish heroism. It is the story of the Ten Martyrs of Israel that were brutally murdered by the Roman Empire in the period surrounding the destruction of the Second Temple and Jerusalem. A centerpiece of inspiration and reflection on Yom Kippur and Tisha B'Av, this Midrash is the personal story of what it means not only to die as a Jew but to live as one. In this fresh, modern translation, the reader will discover a new definition of commitment to G-d and His people.
Translated by: Rabbi David Sedley