Redefining Zionism

By Sidney Schwarz

American Jewish Congress, Summer 1986

Schwarz proposes a redefinition of the term "Zionist," arguing that its meaning and significance has degenerated in contemporary times and should, now, be sharply circumscribed rather than broadly accepted. Beginning with the forces that shaped the classical meaning of the term, he moves to challenge two problematic focal points of the classical understanding: aliyah and support for the State of Israel. He examines the impact of these requirements as well as the impact of a spiritual/cultural revitalization of the term for Jews in the free Jewish diaspora, the oppressed Jewish diaspora and in Israel.

Topic: Diaspora Relations, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Aliyah, Diaspora, Jewish Identification, Ideology, Zionism, Jewish Thought

Name of Publication: Judaism: A Journal of Jewish Life & Thought

Volume/Issue: Vol.35/no.3

Page Number(s): 316-324

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Genre: Scholarly Journal

Coverage: Israel , United States

Language: English

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Schwarz, Sidney. Redefining Zionism. Judaism: A Journal of Jewish Life & Thought. American Jewish Congress. Summer 1986: 316-324. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8836


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