Chomsky's misrepresentation of Ahad HaAm - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • DJStahl
    • 22.06.07 | 15:19 (IDT)

    Noam Chomsky responded to charges of Oedipal rebellion against his Zionist father William (Zeev) Chomsky by claiming he followed Ahad HaAm. But though AH differed from Herzl on many matters, AH was a practical Zionist who made aliyah. AH's followers, Bnai Moshe, founded the city of Rehovot. AH also differed from the group from which he sprang, Chovevei Zion. Maybe Sagi & Stern picked up on C's disingenuous rebuttal believing it to have actual meaning. R' J. B. Soloveitchik z"l said a serious difference between the Greek philosophers and the near-contemporary rabbis of the Talmud was that the latter were experimentalists, while the former favored pure theory. The Greeks preferred to "think large thoughts" in the abstract while the rabbis tried them out in practice. Living in the land as even R' S.R. Hirsch z"l said is the only way for a Torah Jew can fulfill more mitsvoth. Maybe why R' Soloveitchik was a Zionist and R' Hirsch helped refugees from Russian pogroms make aliyah.

    from the article: Ahad Ha'am would have been thrilled
    First published 00:00 21.06.07 | Last updated 00:00 21.06.07
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