RLG341H1 Lecture Notes - Rabbinic Judaism, Abraham Isaac Kook, Schecter Guitar Research

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Zionism
- 3 Types:
- 1) Religious
- 2) Political
- 3) Cultural
- Beginnings of Jewish emancipation finding equal political and
economic rights for the Jews.
- 4 Ways to respond/approach to modernity:
- 1) Pro-Emancipation attitude We want to be citizens, not get rid
of religious identity (be a goy in the street and a Jew in the home).
- Religion is sidelined a bit but still relevant
- 2) Assimilation Let’s merge with the people who give us these
rights doesn’t have to be through conversion. Religion is
irrelevant.
- 3) Enclavism Emancipation is bad for Judaism because it merges
us with the general culture we have to be separate. By no means
a social threat so they are usually left alone.
- 4) Zionism Rejection of these three approaches (mostly a
rejection of assimilation).
- You can remain a Jews regardless of affiliation Jews could never
be fully accepted by non-Jewish nations. Also, through human
dignity nationalism Everyone has a place of their own but the
Jews.
- Jewish freedom and flourishing You can be as good and bad as
anyone else. Fairness.
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- Chronologically Religious Zionism comes first
- Yehuda Alkalai (early)
- Tzvi Hersch Kalischer (early)
- Abraham Isaac Kook (later)
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- For the early - Self help classical attitude of returning to Israel.
- They believe that you don't have to wait for G-d self help
- A rejection of the cult of powerlessness Richard Rubinstein
- They said Lay low, don't cause any trouble, be good “citizens”,
etc…
- The arguments of the religious Zionists are very similar to the
political Zionists.
- Gives Jews an opportunity to learn other skills like agricultural skills
unlike being a middleman. Dohm argued for equal rights but
encourage them into other pursuits i.e. agricultural.
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Beginnings of jewish emancipation finding equal political and economic rights for the jews. 1) pro-emancipation attitude we want to be citizens, not get rid of religious identity (be a goy in the street and a jew in the home). Religion is sidelined a bit but still relevant. 2) assimilation let"s merge with the people who give us these rights doesn"t have to be through conversion. 3) enclavism emancipation is bad for judaism because it merges us with the general culture we have to be separate. By no means a social threat so they are usually left alone. 4) zionism rejection of these three approaches (mostly a rejection of assimilation). You can remain a jews regardless of affiliation jews could never be fully accepted by non-jewish nations. Also, through human dignity nationalism everyone has a place of their own but the. Jewish freedom and flourishing you can be as good and bad as anyone else.

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