At the heart of the Zionist movement from the beginning There were two opposite tendencies. One - rooted in a desire to make the Jewish people "as people of all nations," the other - the need to find an expression for the unique existence of the nation, "the people of the Covenant" that integrates God, people and country. That's the quest, called "Zionism of Zion", Martin Buber saw the "secret of the existence of the people of Israel."
Prof. Harold Fish in a clear, yet thoughtful way proves that this factor is the Zionist movement, the spiritual and the religious factor was zatu.shevan secular parlance and orientation in the non-calendar. However, he argues, we face the inevitability of summing up and a new formulation of the foundations of Zionism, as both Israeli youth, and "olim" from Russia and Western countries are looking for ways to spiritual renewal, not content with the more usual accessories of statehood. They think of their historic mission and look for the ideal of equality. Israel will not be able to convince people of the world are right up until not regain his true form, their faith and their hope for the future.
Prof. Fish also analyzes the crisis facing today the Christian church and the Arab world - a crisis that began with the proclamation of the state of Israel and particularly exacerbated by the events of recent years.
Published in Britain and the United States, the book prof. Fish aroused great interest in the Jewish and non-Jewish circles. Prof. Jacob Nyuzner (Brown University) said about her, that she - "the first original book on the theory of Zionism, which appeared after 1949." Prof. Arnold Eiges (Toronto) expressed confidence that "this book will take a prominent place among the primary evidence for the importance of our age."
Prof. Harold Fish has lived in Israel since 1957 and teaches English literature at Bar-Ilan University, which also served as rector. In 1971, he founded the "Institute of Modern Jewish Thought", was among the founders of the "Movement for the integrity ■ of the Land of Israel", and in 1977 was among the Israeli delegation sent to the UN session.
The idea and the image
Who are the Jews?
Who are the Christians?
Who are the Palestinians?
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