"never forget what was the ghetto. the ghetto was the place where jews were totally defenceless. the ghetto was the palce where jews were herded together and prepared for their annihilation." Cipora. Open some Jewish-friendly encyclopedic source on the item of "ghetto" and get updated. Not only ghetto's closure often had the defensive function, but the gates of ghettos have been open long before anyone started talking Zionism. Since those times ghetto mode of life was perpetuated by the Jewish community leaders - rabbis, and Herzl and Nordau deplored the "mental ghetto" the European Jews couldn't overcome. During the second half of 19th there was a tremendous and traumatic generational break-up between the young Jewish people who wanted to leave ghettos and shtettls and pursue all kinds of -isms of the time or secular scholarship, on the one hand, and their families and community leaders who rather saw them as pious yeshiva students.
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from the article: In its 62nd year, Israel is in a diplomatic, security and moral limbo