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    • HonestAbe
    • 30.06.07 | 03:39 (IDT)

    "The Israeli raises a violent hand against me and hisses, "Why, who are you?" And as soon as I've been disqualified he exempts himself from having to deal with my questions. The Talmudic Jew will try to understand: "How do you see things? What are you saying?" " -A. Burg The Talmudic Jew is the Jew of dispossesion, the oppressed Jew waiting eternally for that moment of history for independence. It is that dream for independence that drove Rabbi Akiva to declare bar Kochba the Mashiach. I live in the diaspora and am a "world Jew". I despise my muddled existence and transient identities. Israel has rizen from the ash heap of history, from torture and despair to take its place again as greatest of nations. And not because of money or might, but because it is the JEWISH STATE, because of the new Israeli Jew it has forged. Enough about exile,& sentimental yearnings for pogroms, assmilation & confused identity. In the Land of Israel the Jewish people know who and what they are.

    from the article: There's room for hope
    First published 00:00 28.06.07 | Last updated 00:00 28.06.07
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