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    • Rowan Berkeley
    • 18.10.07 | 08:57 (IST)

    If you're going to be zionists, be zionists! Consider : the rabbinical system evolved quite specifically to tackle diaspora conditions, so persisting with it after diaspora conditions are supposedly removed is simply a way to nullify the fact that diaspora has ended, and this is the reason, in terms of ideal-historical categories, why zionists refer to the orthodox strategy as amounting to a "return to the ghetto", by which they mean, precisely, a return to the social relations of the diaspora, even within the land of israel. This in fact nullifies zionism itself, and Lubavitch especially are in my view determined to nullify zionism from 'within', by posing as settler radicals, but this is another story.

    from the article: Zionist rabbis agree to serve on independent conversion courts
    First published 00:00 18.10.07 | Last updated 00:00 18.10.07
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