Zionism, Between the Real and the Ideal

shavit3It’s in that painful gap between the real and the ideal that life is truly lived. In our marriages, in our relationships with our children and our parents, the chasm between being the people we are and the people we would like to be plays host to life’s most painful – but also most productive – moments. It is when great expectation confronts disappointment, when love is hamstrung by betrayal and yearning, that we learn that real commitment is tested in the crucible of heartache, in the desperate wish that things had been different, or still could be.
Zionism is actually no different. For those of us raised on stories of

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Surplus Jews

We Jews permit ourselves degrees of intolerance towards each other that we would never exhibit toward others outside our community. The settings are numerous – theology, Halacha, denominations, politics and more.

But nowhere are the vehemence and the inability to actually listen to those with whom we disagree more pronounced than with regard to the State of Israel.

The great irony of our age is that arguments about how to safeguard the Jewish state are a significant part of what now threatens to destroy any semblance of unity among the Jewish people. It is therefore helpful to have periodic reminders of just how much is at stake in the survival and flourishing

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The Shalem Center

Since 2007 I’ve been Senior Vice President and Senior Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. Until now a think tank at the forefront of Jewish and Zionist thought, education, and research, we’re on course to become Israel’s first liberal-arts college. Our aim: To create a cadre of graduates with the skills, wisdom, and character required to be leading citizens of their state, and committed members of the Jewish people and world at large. If you’re interested in helping ensure the survival and success of Israel in the long-term, check out the vital work we’re doing here.

http://www.shalem.org.il/

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Yehuda Poliker- Efer Ve'avak

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Hachalonot Hagvohim

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Tamouz- Sof Onat Hatapuzim

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Shalom Chanoch- Hakufsa

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Meir Ariel- Hameitav

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Kaveret- Sipurei Pugi

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Evyatar Banai- Layla Ke'yom Yair

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