Brandeis on Zionism: A Collection of Addresses and Statements

Brandeis on Zionism: A Collection of Addresses and Statements

Brandeis on Zionism: A Collection of Addresses and Statements

Brandeis on Zionism: A Collection of Addresses and Statements

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The attempt to introduce Louis D. Brandeis's writings in any field is saved from presumption only by its folly. He himself supplied the maps to his mind. To a very rare degree, he had intellectual responsibility. He expressed views only after deep searching, and never without confronting the difficulties of a problem. His convictions were the product of long brooding; their formulation was the result of a stubborn struggle for clarity.

One may, however, publicly welcome this carefully edited collection of the Justice's utterances on Zionism. They trace the evolution of his mind from indifference to the Jewish problem up to the age of fifty, to sympathetic interest, and from sympathetic interest in Zionism to passionate espousal of the cause of establishing a Jewish National Home in Palestine. His practical understanding of affairs, his indomitable will in translating righteous aspirations into working institutions, his magnanimous and contagious devotion, above all the permeating influence of his character, made Justice Brandeis the moral symbol of Zionism throughout the world, notwithstanding the judicial insulation of his life.

His association with the Zionist cause brought Justice Brandeis, so he has told us, "understanding and happiness." It could not have been otherwise, to see a "dream" converted in his own lifetime into "a beautiful reality," and not inconsiderably of his own making. Nazism, as the reversion to barbarism, seared his soul. But whatever the fate of battle may have in storb for Palestine, the spiritual meaning of what has . . .

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