Celebration of Zionism in Sha’arei Hessed

Could one of Jerusalem’s flagship haredi neighborhoods turn into a poster child of modern-day Zionism?

August 6, 2016 07:17
Sha’arei Hessed neighborhood

Sha’arei Hessed neighborhood. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)


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One of the prevalent images of early 20th-century Zionism is of the pioneer working the land. Later in the century these pioneers, along with their Tel Aviv secular counterparts, became leaders in Israeli business, the military and politics – classic Zionists.

But as the Zionist narrative evolves, it is shifting away from a homogeneous Ben-Gurion version of Zionism, which included a glorification of secularism and negation of the Diaspora, toward a hybrid, more pluralistic model. Central to this template is the rising centrality of the Jewish religion in the narrative, as well as acceptance of a wider range of relationships between the Jewish Diaspora and the Jewish state.


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