The Land of the Philistines
Malkin, Irad, The Independent (London, England)
I sometimes ponder the fate of the religious brother of my secular, Zionist grandmother. In 1936 she migrated to Palestine; however, he was forbidden from doing so by his rabbi. The Jewish state, claimed the rabbi, must not be rebuilt before the coming of the Messiah. The advice was catastrophic (the Germans killed my great uncle in Poland), but nonetheless symptomatic of the Jewish-Zionist paradox: on the one hand there was a territorial, spiritual Judaism, and on the other secular Zionism.
The origins of the Zionist movement consisted in a rebellion against the kind of religious Judaism that made a virtue of a diaspora existence. Indeed, except for one religious …
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Publication information: Article title: The Land of the Philistines. Contributors: Malkin, Irad - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: May 31, 1996. Page number: 19. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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