A Guide to Zionism

A Guide to Zionism

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ... national significance. As Proved by Festivals and Ceremonies The ceremonies and festivals are predominantly national. For example: Passover, which is the festival of national liberation. Note its songs and exclamations (Next year in Jerusalem, El B'ne, etc.), which refer to the future redemption. The harvest festivals of Shabuot and Sukkot: To celebrate the harvest in a land far off, and recall always the beauty of the lost homeland, can be nothing else than national. The lulab, for example, recalls the vegetation of Palestine. Hanukkah is the celebration of a national victory, the sanctification of Jewish patriotism. Even the Sabbath is referred to in the ritual as "a memorial of the coming forth from Egypt," of the national liberation. As Proved by Laws Jewish legal development in the dispersion was a national phenomenon. When Yohanan ben Zakkai fled from Jerusalem in siege and founded the Academy of Yavneh, he did so in order to save Jewish national life and culture. The subject of study was Jewish law. This Law was national. The traditional development of Jewish law has always included those national laws which applied only to the land, the Mitzvot Hateluyot Ba-arez, and which were preserved and discussed and developed in order that the Jews, on their return to their own land, should be able again to apply them. (See Ch. IV.) As Proved by the Bible The Bible is nationalist throughout, from the very first covenant I of God with Abraham to the last Prophetic utterances. And this nationalism nowhere even vaguely foreshadows the ideal of a people in dispersion. On the contrary, the dispersion is everywhere referred to as a horrible calamity, and the land of Israel is from first to last an intrinsic part not only of the national...show more

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  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236787781
  • 9781236787781