Anonymous said: I'm very sorry for my ignorance and you totally don't have to answer this, but is the significance of the "ari binyamin" name going to be spelled out in the fic? I don't have much experience with Jewish culture and Hebrew words so I know there are things that I'm missing when I read that fic! Again you don't have to explain if you don't to!
Pffft, it’s no trouble at all! I’m sure there are issues with the name as I have it; oh well. The animal associated with Benjamin in Jacob’s blessing from Genesis is the warlike wolf, just as Judah’s in that passage is the lion - but I wanted to have Erik have been given the nickname “Lion of Benjamin.” Like the Lion of Judah - the lion on the seal of Jerusalem - except I had this idea of Erik being seen, symbolically, as the Lion of Judah’s somewhat uncouth … little brother? Maybe?
Since in this fic Jerusalem was a victim in WW III, and the city Ir Tzedek was established after a long journey to Siberia, a quasi-mythological ‘righteous judge’ label for the person who helped lead them there could emerge from those stories. (Hat tip to stoneandbloodandwater, who had lonnnnng conversations with me about this, and from whose knowledge I have benefited so much!)
Perhaps it’s early in ensuing history for that to have already occurred, true. And perhaps more I will write more in author’s notes, someday, after this is finished. :P But I hope this is enough for now!