A Random Collection of Zionist Ideology and Rhetoric
Ahad Ha'am :
"So [Judaism] seeks to return to its historic center, where it will be able to live a life developing in a natural way, to bring its powers into play in every department of human culture, to broaden and perfect those national possessions which it has acquired until now, and thus to contribute to the common stock of humanity, in the future as it has in the past, a great national culture, the fruit of the unhampered activity of a people living by the light of its own spirit."
Only cowards and spiritual degenerates will term Zionism a utopian movement.
Haim Nachman Bialik"
We are not come here to seek wealth, or dominion, or greatness...We wish to find here only a domain of our own for our physical and intellectual labor.
Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook
Our nation is called to drink not from alien wells but from its own deeps. Let it fill its vessels with will from the depth of its prayers, with life from the well of its Torah, with courage from the roots of its faith, with order from the integrity of its reason, and with heroism from the might of its spirit.
Judah Leon Magnes:
We, being the ruled everywhere, must here rule; being the minority everywhere, we must here be in the majority...we are to have a Fatherland, and we are to encourage the feelings of pride, honor, glory that are part of the paraphernalia of the ordinary nationalistic patriotism.
If we want to be nothing but normal, we shall soon cease to be at all.
For a Jewish state to come to be, it must, from the very beginning, avoid all the ills of modern life. To evoke the sympathetic interest of modern man, its guidelines must be justice, rational planning, and social solidarity.
We want only our lawful property and rights, and our freedom, for which we have struggled with our own labours. It is our human and national duty to demand these rights.
Micah Joseph Berdichevski
The resurrection of Israel depends on a revolution-- the Jews must come first, before Judaism-- the living man, before the legacy of his ancestors....A great responsibility rests in our hands! We are the last Jews-- or we are the first of a new nation.
Zionism stands opposed to...any conception of Jewish identity based on spiritual criteria. The spiritual criterion...binds our spirit with the chains of tradition and subordinates our life to specific doctrines, to a heritage and to the values of an ancient outlook.
Rabbi Samuel Mohilever
From the depths of my soul I pray to the Almighty: I beseech Thee, O Lord, do Thou inspire the utterances of the delegates of Thy people, the House of Israel. Instruct them in what they shall speak and grant them understanding to utter the right words, so they stumble not with their tongues, God forbid...Imbue, I pray Thee, the hearts of all Israel with a new spirit of abounding love for their dispersed people and their land! Amen!
Zionism must of necessity fuse with socialism, for socialism is in complete harmony with the wishes and hopes of the Jewish masses.
Ber Borochov "Borochov, Ber"
The Jewish proletariat is in need of revolution more than any other.
The idea of Labour must become the pivot of all our aspirations. It is the foundation on which our national structure is to be erected.
(commenting on the Third Zionist Congress) What Jewish contrasts!
Richard James Horatio Gottheil
The great word which Zionism preaches is conciliation of conflicting aims, of conflicting lines of action; conciliation of Jew to Jew.
All quotes are taken from Arthur Hertzberg, The Zionist Idea, New York: Athenaeum, 1959. Except for Hannah Senesh, taken from Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality Boston: Beacon, 1992.
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