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The End Point of Zionism

Ethnocentrism and the Temple Mount

Tomer Persico

connection to the workings of the divine realms ( Scholem [1926] 1992: 59–61 ). In writing about the conjured-up “messianic claim,” 1 Scholem alerts his readers to the force of the messianic Eros and Zionism’s susceptibility to its allure, particularly when

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Why Were the Founders of Liberal Judaism in Britain Opposed to Zionism?

Lev Taylor

kashrut in favour of personal religious devotion. 7 As in other countries, the Liberals rejected Zionism. 8 The Zionists and the Liberals were both internally heterogenous groups, meaning that it is difficult to speak of either in general terms

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A Short Reflection on Martin Buber and Zionism

Howard Cooper

education and Jewish purpose, and his philosophy of dialogue have accompanied my own religious journey for over fifty years. Moreover, his writings on Israel and Zionism are still inspirational, and, I would suggest, still have a contribution to make to our

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Space, Place and Gender in German Cultural Zionism

Paula Winkler on the Jewish Home

Rose Stair

Early twentieth-century cultural Zionist claims often hinged upon binary distinctions: cultural vs. political Zionism, homeland vs. exile, immaterial vs. material. Entangled with many of these distinctions was a further binary: male vs. female

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Constructing Difference and Imperial Strategy

Contrasting Representations of Irish and Zionist Nationalism in British Political Discourse (1917–1922)

Maggy Hary

political procrastination in London. On the one hand, the British government’s initial support of Zionism proved to be an insurmountable obstacle for officials in Jerusalem, who were powerless to prevent the Arabs from feeling irrevocably alienated from

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Isaiah Berlin and the Animal Instinct

Paul Delany

seized on the oxymoron of Diaspora Zionism: the creation of Israel, he wrote, ‘restored to Jews not merely their personal dignity and status as human beings, but what is vastly more important, their right to choose as individuals how they shall live’. 18

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‘Good Jew, Bad Jew’

Racism, Anti-Semitism and the Assault on Meaning (An Interview with Steven Friedman)

Steven Friedman and Laurence Piper

inverted commas. In the dominant discourse currently, a ‘good’ Jew is one who supports the nationalist project of Zionism, that is, who supports the Israeli state. Very often this is someone who supports the Israeli state uncritically, because some of the

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Yonatan Ratosh's “Cultural Entrepreneurship” and the Invention of “Hebrew” Nationalism

Amotz Giladi

intellectuals that was active from the 1940s to the 1970s. 2 Before founding the Young Hebrews, Ratosh, in his ideology, leaned toward ultranationalist Zionism. However, in 1940, it began to shift away from Zionism, which is rooted in Judaism, toward a more

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Rabbi John Rayner, Ethical Zionism and Israel

Avi Shlaim

Rabbi John Rayner was an eminent proponent of ethical Zionism. His views about Israel are related in this article to his views about Judaism and Jewish ethics. The three pillars of Judaism are: truth, justice and peace. Rabbi Rayner personified these values to a remarkable degree. The common thread that runs through his countless sermons and articles was the emphasis on the gentler and more outward-looking values of Judaism. It is by cultivating and exemplifying these values, he believed, that Jews could best help humanity find signposts to justice and peace, not only in the Middle East but everywhere. Ethical Zionism, as understood by Rabbi Rayner, is based on Jewish values. The State of Israel is the main political progeny of the Zionist movement. It follows that the State of Israel ought to reflect Jewish values in its external relations. In the event of a clash between Israeli behaviour and Jewish ethics, Rabbi Rayner invariably came down on the side of Jewish ethics. He consistently placed principle above pragmatism and morality above expediency. He was an honest and courageous man who always spoke truth to power.

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Labor, Arms, and Homes

Notions of Contribution Underlying Israel's Pension System

Ayelet Carmeli

Zionism, Neoliberalism, and the Contours of Productive Citizenship Incorporating different pension formulations allows tracing changes in perceptions of universal and sectoral entitlement in Israeli pension policies. Table 1 compares the elements