Futurizing the Jews: Alternative Futures for Meaningful by Tsvi (Howard) Bisk, Moshe Dror

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By Tsvi (Howard) Bisk, Moshe Dror

Bisk and Dror assert that the twenty first Century might be the Jewish Century, that no people is healthier ready to stand its demanding situations. in spite of the fact that, to take action, a rigidity at the Jewish destiny needs to change a preoccupation with the Jewish earlier. they provide a neo-Zionist ideological research of recent Jewish existence as a substitute to either classical Zionism and post-Zionism. They conceptualize a Jewish Grand method through essentially defining and delineating among ideology, coverage, grand method, procedure and strategies, with compelling proposals for what one of these revised Grand Straegy may perhaps entail.

They recommend an idea of reinvigorated Israel-Diaspora family members in accordance with this new Grand procedure and the possibility of the data know-how Revolution. additionally they supply a notion of Jewish spirituality that may be as beautiful to secular as to non secular Jews. They reject the idea that of a country that Dwells by myself. through the a long time, Jews have affected and been plagued by the area greater than the other humans they assert. additionally they reject the view that pain is the dominant characteristic of Jewish historical past as this lachrymose conception can't encourage wanted Jewish targets within the younger. They tension the wishes of the Jewish person and demand that there could be no genuine value to the continuing life of the Jewish humans until the genuine existence, concrete wishes of the person are addressed. As former Israeli Ambassador to the United countries and previous Cabinent Minister Gad Yaacobi asserts in his foreword, The booklet is unique, iconoclastic and in many ways innovative … it demanding situations inherited assumptions and demands optimistic motion. i think we now have earlier than us a e-book that needs to turn into a reference element for Jewish coverage makers as speedy as possible.

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Zionism imbibed many of these modernist Enlightenment assumptions, and they have been responsible for some of the greatest achievements in Jewish history. They have also been responsible for some of the graver mistakes of the Zionist Project. The paternalistic, condescending attitudes toward Arabs and Jews from African and Asian countries that derive from this worldview have been responsible for many of our political and social problems. Our recent attempts to correct these attitudes have led to a politically correct multiculturalism that is just as uncritically one dimensional and destructive as the cultural chauvinism it was designed to alleviate.

One cannot possibly divorce the fact of Israel from an understanding of the internal sociological and organizational developments, modes of behavior, and cultural expressions of American, European, former Soviet, Australian, South African, and Ethiopian Jewry. How many Jewish organizations are based in some way upon Israel-focused activity? What is their relative weight within the community? Can a Jewish organization with no Israel-centered activity whatsoever even survive? Over the past 50 years, anti-Zionist Jewish organizations have all but ceased to exist, and anti-Israeli Jews have by definition become marginalized.

That weird cultural mutation, the cosmopolitan Jew, with a pathological desire to be free of his Jewishness, was born. “Jew, Jew, Jew,” cried Portnoy in Phillip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint. ” Zionism posits that no unique general human community exists, but rather, myriad national, ethnic, and religious communities interacting with one another to their mutual benefit. The true progressive aim should not be to homogenize our differences but to create frameworks within which these interactions between different human communities can be positive and creative.

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