Bilingual, topical, Biblical pun
Today is a fast day on the Jewish calendar. It is the "Fast of Gedaliah" (see http://www.ou.org/chagim/tzomgedaliah/Default.htm and http://www.jewfaq.org/holidaye.htm), on which we commemorate the murder of Gedaliah ben Ahikam (see II Kings 25:22-25 and Jeremiah 40:5-41:3). It is the "fast of the seventh [month]" referred to in Zechariah 7:5 and 8:19.
On the Fast of Gedaliah 16 years ago, DW (who wasn't even my fiancee then) & I were at her cousins in Beer Sheva (http://ohr.edu/tw/weinbach/loveland/lland067.htm) for our just-concluded two-day Rosh Hashanah (New Year) holyday. We were talking about the Fast of Gedaliah & I was trying to show off my (minimal) knowledge of Hebrew. I said, about Gedaliah, "Rakhtzu otoh" literally, "They washed him;" what I meant to say was "Ratzkhu otoh," literally, "They murdered him." DW's cousin started to chuckle & said, "Well, you might say that they took him to the cleaners!"
"Peace, peace to him that is far off and to him that is near." [Isaiah 57:19]
Eleanor of Aquitaine: Of course he has a knife. He always has a knife. We all have knives. It's 1183 and we're barbarians. How clear we make it. Oh, my piglets, we're the origins of war. Not history's forces nor the times nor justice nor the lack of it nor causes nor religions nor ideas nor kinds of government nor any other thing! We are the killers; we breed war. We carry it, like syphilis, inside. Dead bodies rot in field and stream because the living ones are rotten. For the love of God, can't we love each other just a little? That's how peace begins. We have so much to love each other for. We have such possibilities, my children; we could change the world. (From The Lion in Winter)