5:7 Deliverance ceased, ceased in Yisrael, till you arose, O Devora
Though one way of translating f’razon (פרזון) is ‘deliverance,’ Rashi explains it as “open towns without walls.” According to this understanding, Devora is saying that prior to her leadership, the children of Israel had ceased living in small, scattered, non-walled communities, due to fear of attack. However, the Canaanites continued living in such places, as they were not afraid of the Israelites. The miraculous military victory against Sisera would change this reality. It is interesting to note that in Israel today Jews have also not been afraid to establish small communities in all parts of the land of Israel. Miracles of biblical proportions continue in our era as communities of all sizes grow and thrive throughout Israel.