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    • Zev Davis
    • 25.11.10 | 10:12 (IST)

    What else did you expect. An educational system that encourages escapism, a search for the exotic and "intellectually challenging" instead of teaching the values that has keep our nation alive.. Herzl's dream was some place where Jews could live in a place of their own that looked like an enlightened Central European nation . . . like the Austro-Hungarian Empire. We know all about how enlightened that nation-state, and how honest and efficient it was--read Kafka and you will know that.. The "Old Man" wasn't any better on that account, but his vision was Prophetic and Socialist where Spiritual Values used for window dressing so the nations of the world wouldn't difference between what we were when we were religious and now, when . . . we are Hedonists. You get what you pay for, rather, you get what you what you are left with. Something is lacking that we had before, that all too many Secuarist Haredim imagine will take us into some kind of Humanist form of a Messianic Age and there will be a Ressurection of Dead Ideas that didn't work when they were proposed, and won't work any better when they are revived. Bialik knew what he was doing when he left Tel Aviv--the holes were starting to form in Israel's Ship of State even then. What we need is a Moses who will take us the Promised Land, not a Noah who rides above the waves to lead us out of the Decadence.

    from the article: The draft-dodging state of Tel Aviv
    First published 01:10 25.11.10 | Last updated 01:10 25.11.10
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