This article sets out to retrieve a concept of diaspora – deeply rooted in Jewish tradition
but somewhat eclipsed in the Jewish imagination today – in which dispersion is understood
as exile and return is deferred to ‘the end of days’. The argument is developed
via a conversation between David Grossman and Amos Oz in 2003, in which Grossman
reflects on the question ‘Are we a people of place or of time?’ Pursuing this question
leads to a passage in Isaiah in which the prophetic author refers to Zion as Beulah.
Beulah is Zion under the aspect of hope, Zion as the prospect of redemption, the end
of exile in the here and now.