Chapter VIII: The Sack and the Wreckage
The Travels of Reb Mendelovitch is an experimental comix strip in the form of a scroll, describing the imaginary adventures of reb Mendelovitch in a chaotic, politically unstable world. The protagonist is based on Schneur Zalman, of Hebron, an orthodox artist, a HABAD rabbinical envoy who had traveled around the world, and the author’s great-great-grandfather.
In the eighth installment (the Sack and the Wreckage), Mendelovitch arrives at the conquered city Herbon,* to see it ransacked by the Queen’s armies.
And a few nights,
On a mountaintop.
He shaves his hair, he tosses and turns,
Exhausted, the tedium is great.
Under the mountain, another city
Part rocky land,
Part burial ground,
Its people slain
By the marauding
Troops of the Queen.
Chapter Eight: The Sack and the Wreckage
Mendelovitch: I walk in the city of death.
Why was the city destroyed?
Figure: we are Queen’s slaves!
Mendelovitch: Would she gorge on the tatters
of her realm?
Regard that hostile land,
Evil and stubborn,
Behold the deeds of malicious hearts
Wrecking everything, sparing nothing.
One invents torments for gold,
Another incites a thousand crimes,
And all maliciously commit
And much violence.
Figure: now we shall free the bonded!
With cries and mayhem
Herbon will revolt
In the quest for justice,
But its voice is not heard.
Soldier: we shall undo what is banned!
Mendelovitch: Luviouvi? Are the great Gvirs here too?
From the devastation
With his egg
Into the Luviouvi’s house
(*) A transposition of Hebron, meaning, in Hebrew, that things have gone awry, with an allusion to defecating.