On the one hand you say "|if not for the Holocaust" everything would be "normal" in Europe. Except, of course, there was a Holocaust, the wholesale industrialized murder of 2/3s of Europe's Jews, and about 1/3 of world Jewry. Saying "if not for the Holocaust" is like saying "if not for Uncle Moshe's heart attack, he would be here today." Sure, the heart attack was a one-time event, but that's all it takes. And what you are talking about is assimilation, loss of culture and heritage. Israel provides the vessel for the flowering of Jewish civilization, including the daily use of the Jewish language Hebrew. And, Zionism is a modern, Jewish movement not unlike other modern Jewish movements including Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionism, Humanistic Judaism, the Haskala, the Bund (now defunct) and of course Zionism. What is Judaism? All of the above. Now, go and learn.
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