Let's hear it for the State of Tel Aviv! - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Zev Davis
    • 07.09.10 | 16:09 (IDT)

    Waz happenin' here. Where is Ben-Gurion, Katzenelson, Tabenkin, and the other Zionist forefathers. Did they have something to say about the essence of a Jewish State. Then again, shall we forget Ahad HaAm, Bialik, and the other Zionists who imagined that the Jewish State would become the center of a reinvigorated Jewish culture based on a merging of the past and the present embodied by the Jewish bookcase. Seems it's all "pretentious", the State of Israel doesn't need synagogues, or prayer books, or Bibles, or even the Ethics of the Fathers, ie. the rabbis of the Talmud. What we need is Parpar Neckhmad, or the novels of David Grossman, A. B. Yehoshua, Amos Oz. Dvora Omer and Naomi Shemer, maybe, and only the songs with "universal content". Ah! to float away into the Global Ectoplasm where nothing means anything, and . . . unfortunately, we may discover how some of those non-Jews out there still regard themselves as French, English, Polish, Croatian, and we will become what we were before the the State--unwanted Cosmopolitans who are out to destroy their native cultures!

    from the article: Incorporating Judaism and Zionism into Israeli public schools
    First published 01:29 07.09.10 | Last updated 01:29 07.09.10
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