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My auto mechanic is an Eastern European Jew whose father was a Charedi student in Romania (the man himself is not a very observant Jew at all, judging by appearance and mannerism), and frequently lectures me on the prophets and their writings. He often speaks of a Prince of Yerushalaim named Merishadek (that is what I decipher through his accent), but upon a quick flip through some books on scripture and a few Google searches, I cannot find any man by this name. Who is he?

  • What does your mechanic say about this Merishadek? – Gary Aug 24 '14 at 3:14
  • Something about hating Muslims. I usually tune him out because he is so vehemently anti Islam – Ely Eastman Aug 24 '14 at 3:15
  • @ElyBeauEastman, kol hakavod on ignoring his vehemence, however what does Malchitzedek have to do with Islamophobia? – Noach MiFrankfurt Nov 13 '14 at 17:02
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This could be Malchitzedek, traditionally identified as Shem, son of Noah. He was a priest and the ruler of Yerushalayim* in the time of Avraham Avinu, although it was then known as Shalem (see Parshat Lech-Lecha and commentary ad loc.).

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