Taking Israel’s Fate Beyond the Tears of the Holocaust

To imply, as Rabbi Eric Yoffie does in his Haaretz op-ed, that Israel was founded exclusively on the principle of enabling Jews to fight back, discounts the rich philosophical belief that Jewish consciousness can take its fate into its own hands.

Celebrated historian Salo Baron spoke of the “lachrymose conception” of Jewish history: we wallow in the reduction of our past to one long handwringing of “suffering and scholarship.”