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  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Shalem Press (January 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9657052440
  • ISBN-13: 978-9657052440
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAME on March 3, 2007
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This is an outstanding collection of essays on Zionism today.It is divided into three sections , one on 'The Jewish State and Political Theory' a second on 'Zion and the Crisis of Jewish Culture' a third on 'Zion and History' It is edited introduced and contains two especially interesting essays by the historian Michael B. Oren.

In the introduction Oren traces historically the attitudes toward political Zionism displayed through this century. The idea of the Jewish people's creating and making an independent state of their own was according to Oren largely accepted by the Western world until fairly recently. In the 1990's there emerged an effort to deligitimize Zionism. This effort has had major successes in Europe and considerable success on U.S. campuses. Oren says the essays of this book are an effort to counter the delegimitization.

Thus the book 's first essay is an outstanding comprehensive discussion of the historical justification for political Zionism. It is written by legal expert Ruth Gavison. In it she points out that Israel is a Jewish and democratic state. She shows how the Jewish majority has a democratic right to give the cultural and political shading to the country suitable to it. She shows how the effort to deprive the Jewish people of their right to self- determination is continually made by non- democratic Arab states, and by many of Israeli's minority Arab citizens. She describes how the formula 'state for all its citizens' is one aimed to deprive the majority of its right to set the cultural agenda of the State.

Other outstanding essays are written by Natan, Sharansky , David Hazony, Yaron Hazony, Anna Isakova, Arie Morgenstern, Eyal Chowers, Ofir Haivry.
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A must read.

When I was in grade school, I went to a Baptist school, i.e. a protestant christian school. I heard tell that the outcome of WWII and the holocaust was a permanent home for the jews. They're safe now I thought to myself. Well, hardly, these days, but at least they're not as vulnerable as they would have been without some changes in international perceptions. And perception is key to their existence.

I've heard tell many a time these days that Zionism is the cause of all of Israel's troubles today. Well, if that is wrong, and I am not wrong, people MUST read this book.

In reading this, I was reminded of the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. It was my most memorable experience of my pilgrimage to Israel in 2000. Outside was a rectangular, black, concrete or marble slab which represented the sons of darkness. And the Shrine of the Book represented the sons of light. Inside the shrine as inside this particular collection of Israeli essays, were creative thought, prophecy, insight, energy, dynamic, understanding, history, vibration, life. I'll never forget the symbolic contrast between the two and will rest assured the money I paid for even only that was well worth it. I loved the shrine of the book. The structure of the shrine was that of a torah scroll.

So inside this book, you'll find much information. The first section of the book was hard for me to wade through, was almost too theoretical, but took up half the book. Part II, the shortest section, contained two of my favorite essays in the book, one written by a Russian immigrant, physician, Anna Isakova and the other by Ze'ev Maghen.
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The audience for this book are those of you who are interested in an up to date collection of modern Zionist thought. It is not a survey of modern Israeli politics. Each essay takes a different approach and the overwhelming majority are well written individual treasures that are well worth spending the time to unwrap. That being said I think you have to be a bit of a junkie for political philosophy, have an interest in Zionism or be a student on the lookout for a good source of material for an essay or term paper.

Some of the highlights:

Ruth Gavison's introductory essay discusses why Israel needs to be a Jewish State and why a Jewish State is beneficial even necessary for the Jews. It is extremely well written and quite clear. My brother indicates that she is equally well spoken in person.

Anna Isakova in "The Goldfish and the Jewish Problem writes revealingly about the difficulty of Russian Jews in fitting into the Israeli mold. She is disappointed that Israeli's tend to view Jewish history and culture as centralized on the yishuv and the the building of the State and effectively bemoans the lack of appreciation of Russian/Jewish culture in particular but of other external Jewish culture as well. Her criticisms are valid and worthy of serious consideration.

Ze'eve Maghen's contribution "Imagine: On Love and Lennon" is a lyrical exposition on why Jews can and should reject what is ultimately a poetically beautiful but dangerously nihilistic Christian formulation of Universal Love and embrace the particularism of Klal Yisroel.
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