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    • zmogus (Vilnius/Paris)
    • 20.07.10 | 13:04 (IDT)

    ... Herder who pushed Jewish thinkers Graetz and Krochmal and Hess to reshape Judaism into "historicist cult" deemed to replace the politicized view of Hellenic tradition, dominant globally at that time. Meir Lau is oblivious to the fact that all the Jewish nationalist thinkers who called for the reconstruction of the third temple from the end of 19th c. up to nineteen thirties could care less about traditional Judaism and that the Jewish leadership that was exclusively clerical, strongly and massively opposed the Zionist ideas. There were more supporters of Zionism among the Prussian aristocracy than among rabbis worldwide. One more revision headed under rabbi Kook, and there appeared one more intellectual pedigree - national religious Zionism - which, just like the rest of mutually excluding trends, claimed the direct link to the authentic Judaism. Well, rabbi Lau, your establishment-serving brand-new religion is no more authentically Judaic than the Polish merchant's hat of 17th. c. on your head. And under this hat you preach about idol worship as the lowest of sins - preaching to the religious crowd praying to a wall of stones that might very well be the remains of Roman Jupiter temple.

    from the article: Dreaming of the Third Temple in a conflicted Land of Israel
    First published 01:54 20.07.10 | Last updated 01:54 20.07.10
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