BG "Under rabbinic leadership, the Jews remained in the diaspora for ages. Only with the advent of Zionism, and its rejection of the idea of messianic redemption, did the Jews come back to their land." How did the Jews survive the centuries away from their land and yet maintain their culture and faith? The answer, lies in the Torah and the Talmud,(written by those antiquated old Rabbis) the religious books that were instruments of Jewish learning and survival. From the times of their earliest wanderings, the Jewish people developed a systematic body of institutions, scholars and lawmakers who wrote, amended and reinterpreted the laws governing Jews and kept them together as a unified body and cohesive community. In the final analysis it was Zionism that delivered a Jewish State. But to deny the Rabbis a crucial role is analogous to congratulating the woman on the birth of a child as if she herself made the seed form which the child grew. Zionism was the final chapter(maybe). The rest of the book was prepared and edited by the Rabbis and Sages of old.
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