“Israel has been swallowed; now they are among the nations as a useless utensil (Hosea 8:8).” What I find interesting about this verse is the fact that it actually never came true for the Jewish people. Despite all of the years of exile and diaspora, displacements and nomadic circumstances, we never fully assimilated and got absorbed into the larger cultures that we lived within. Likewise, the Jewish people never became useless. In every country and nation that we’ve lived in, we have contributed to the betterment and ongoing development of the society. Full assimilation never came, and it’s a good thing. Many minority cultures have been fully wiped out due to historical circumstances, and I don’t believe that it’s an accident that the Jewish people never succumbed to that fate.