Dear Carlo Strenger, with all respect to your optimism, - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • zmogus
    • 18.09.09 | 20:49 (IDT)

    The card has been played for millions of times since this most unfortunate and tragic for the modern Jewish history idea appeared in the form of Jewish secular messianism, copy/pasting Herder and Hegel's historicism. Since then the aspiration to make from Jews a collective messiah for the humankind in whatever sphere never ceased. There followed the proto-zionists Hess, Krochmal, Graetz and then Zionists of all political shades and colors from red to brown, Herzl with technocratic messianism, Schatz with the artistic, Haam with the spiritual, Kook with the religious and Jabotinsky with the moral. The same applied to anti-Zionist Jews socialist and anarchist mov'ts, all striving to become the teachers of humanity in the subject of humanism, never failing to add that its root is particularist: Hebrew Scriptures. Nevermind that the messianic content of respective forms were mutually excluding. Just break this self-compensating chain. This is the real challenge for a Jewish thinker.

    from the article: The future belongs to Jewish liberal universalism, Rosh Hashanah 5770
    First published 16:05 17.09.09 | Last updated 16:09 13.11.09
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