Sunday, November 20, 2011

Response To Reclaiming Zionism

24 of the Eighth Month 5772

Below is my response to a post, I found on one of the blogs I like.
Reclaiming Zionism
Samantha, The Israel Situation Blog

In recent weeks, various members of the global community have renewed their efforts to delegitimize Israel and call into question the legitimacy of Zionism as a movement. There has been an ongoing effort to take Zionism, which at its core is Jewish nationalism, and twist its meaning and intentions, distorting the term. Lack of understanding of Zionism has led to its corruption, Zionism being equated with racism by the United Nations, and many Jews not understanding the meaning of the term, its relevance, or their own connections to Zionism. Click to read the entire post...
Although, I like this blog, I think Eric is great (& as a DJ, too!), and you said something VERY important...
"To call one a Zionist is not to say that one blindly agrees with all of the policies of the State of Israel."
...and I think that I understand the audience you are trying to reach, I still believe that Zionism can (& should) be summed up in 2 sentences:

1) "Zionism is simply part of the Torah." - Rabbi Moshe Tzuriel, B'nei Braq.

In other words, there are many other misswoth to perform, as well as the "Zionist-oriented" ones, and the only justification we Jews have for laying claim to Israel is the Torah, not revisionist history, not who conquered it, and certainly NOT who was here first. The Cana'anites were here first, but The Almighty took care of that (See RaSh"I on Parashath Bereishith).

2) Zionism without aliyah is nothing. (paraphrase from Avraham Duvdevani, Chair, World Zionist Organization)

Torah and aliyah are the bottom lines, not just for our survival, but for our authentic identity as a people, as well.

It is time for us to stop being Jews in those other countries, and start being Jews in our own and only true country.


Risa Tzohar said...

Well said. Just because the anti-semites want to hide behind "anti-Zionism" doesn't make every Jew a Zionist.

Esser Agaroth said...


Like I said, I like this blog, and the people associated with it.

I noodge Eric all the time to get over here.

Maybe, one day they will all listen.

Eric said...

Here I am! At least on the blog, not in Israel. I was there last summer for a couple of weeks. Five trips have to count for something.

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