Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu replied to a Facebook inquiry last week in which he was asked to name his favorite character from television fantasy series Game of Thrones.
“I have not watched it,” he admitted, “but I watched ‘Vikings’ and I have finished Yochi Brandes’s wonderful book, ‘Akiva’s Orchard’, which I read on our nostalgic weekend at the Golan Heights, marking our 25th wedding anniversary.
“I started reading it and was swept into the orchard and the sources of our heritage. It is better than any other series and I suggest that you opt for reading once in a while,” he added.
“Akiva’s Orchard” takes place in the period of the sages who led the Nation of Israel after the destruction of the Second Temple. It describes the period from the point of view of Rachel, daughter of Kalba Savua, the wife of Rabbi Akiva.
Filmed in Ireland, “Vikings” is inspired by the sagas of Danish Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, one of the best-known legendary Norse heroes, who repeatedly raided England and France. The History channel renewed Vikings for a fourth season, which premiered on February 18, 2016.