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Zionism as the anchor of Judaism

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Book Synopsis


The book argues that Judaism is transforming. Its organizing principle is shifting from its religious element to its national element – Zionism. This is occurring without any compromises to the religious aspects of Judaism.

The book shows how Zionism is turning into the primary conduit through which Jews relate to their Judaism, and the main prism by which the outside world perceives the Jews. This is both through positive and negative connections, whether by one’s actions or through prevailing realities.

The book analyzes undercurrents at the two large Jewish centers: Israel and North America, and shows how trends are indicative of a Jewish transformation, such as the cultural Israelization of the American Jewish experience.

The book then examines the evolving manner by which the outside world relates to the Jews, and shows how the world engages with Judaism through a new organizing principle. Even the age-old opposition to Judaism is now being funneled through Zionism. The book also discusses contemporary threats to Judaism, such as Israel-bashing and Post-Zionism, and demonstrates how recognizing the transformation would mitigate those threats.

Judaism has transformed in the past. Its original anchor was the Temple and physical presence in Judea (Judaism 1.0). When the Temple was destroyed and Jews exiled, Judaism adopted a new organizing principle – Rabbinical Judaism (Judaism 2.0). The prayers replaced the sacrifices, the synagogues replaced the Temple, and the yearning to return to Zion replaced the actual presence in Jerusalem. 

In 1,800 years of exile, the Jewish nation-religion has had both an internal glue of religiosity and an external one of complete insularity, but over the last century both have dissipated: There has been a steep decline of Jewish religious observance, and the outer walls that confined Judaism have crumbled

At the same time that the Jewish religious connector has faded, the Jewish national connector has been dramatically augmented: The Jewish state was reestablished, and after 70 years, it is becoming evident that a new organizing principle of Judaism has emerged: Zionism. (Judaism 3.0)

The seeds for the transformation to Judaism 3.0 were planted in the late 19th Century by Theodor Herzl, the father of modern Zionism. The book ties Herzl’s vision to contemporary realities and shows that just as he envisioned, Zionism has become the vehicle for the return of Jews to Judaism


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For a summary in a Jerusalem Report article: Jewish Transformation – Judaism 3.0


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