Israel or Zion

By Leonard Fein

Winter 1973

As the honeymoon period of Israel's existence draws to a close, and the relative burdens and challenge of statehood are debated, two distinct ways of looking at Israel emerge. One is as Israel, the modern Jewish State, a democratic sovereign state, the other is as Zion, the dream of the Jewish people. The State of Israel is the property and concern of its citizens, Muslim, Jew and Christian. Zion is a dream, not fulfilled by the creation of Israel, but rather the spiritual ideal and aspiration of Jews around the world. What Israel in 1948 promised was Zion, and that it could not deliver, but the failure of Zion in this generation is the noble affirmation of the attempt in the next generation. Next Year in Jerusalem.

Topic: Diaspora Relations, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Jewish Identification, Identity Formation, Zionism, Nationalism

Name of Publication: Judaism: A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life and Thought

Page Number(s): 7-17

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Coverage: Israel , United States

Language: English

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Fein, Leonard. Israel or Zion. Judaism: A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life and Thought. Winter 1973: 7-17.


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