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Zionism is a secular nationalist movement to create a Jewish nation-state in Palestine. Although it often uses traditionalist language, Zionism is a modern movement. Analyze Theodor Herzl’s article “A Solution to Jewish Question” and an early critique of Zionism by the Hasidic Rabbi Zadok Hacohen Rabinowitz.
Address the following questions:
How does Herzl understand the nature of modern anti-Semitism? What is his solution? How does he justify the creation of a Jewish state?
What kind of Jewish state does Herzl envision?
What is Rabbi Zadok’s critique of Zionism? Why does he reject the Zionist program to rebuild a Jewish state in Palestine? Be specific.
Why do we call Zionism a modern secular nationalist movement? How does it differ from the traditional Jewish doctrine about the ingathering of the exiles?
Use information learned from the textbook and this week’s readings in your discussion.
A well-written paper will have a concise introduction to the general topic of the paper, a clear thesis statement, and a carefully developed argument with specific examples supporting the thesis statement.
Your paper should be written according to the following guidelines.
Your paper should be no longer than three pages (typed, double-spaced) and should concisely, clearly express the results of careful thought and prior publishs. In the paper you turn in, don’t waste space with filler material.
Avoid generalities not supported with specific analysis and evidence. Anchor your paper in careful analysis of the documents, not in broad generalities about Zionism. You should cite specific passages from the documents to support your argument.
Do not, however, include long quotations of passages. You are writing for an audience that has read these texts. Instead, quote only what is absolutely necessary for your analysis.
Make every paragraph, sentence, and word count. In three pages you don’t have space to waste.
The first paragraph of your paper should include a succinct statement of what you are going to argue to answer the questions posed by this assignment.
The following paragraphs should develop your argument to support the thesis that you have stated in your opening paragraph.
Your final paragraph should build on your argument to lead the reader into some implications of your thesis and argument for understanding the nature of the debate about Zionism. Again, your argument must be supported by specific evidence from the documents.
You are trying to persuade the reader to agree with your thesis statement.
This assignment is not a research paper, but you should (as appropriate for your argument) interact with the readings and class discussions for the course.
Efron, pp. 313-333 (345-365, in the second edition)
Theodor Herzl’s A Solution of the Jewish Question 533-538 (
Rabbi Zadok Hacohen Rabinowitz’s The Zionists are not our Saviors in Mendes-Flohr and Reinharz, The Jew in the Modern World, 544-545