Reflections on Balfour 100

As we mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks considers what it meant in 1917 – and what it means today.

November 5, 2017 14:08

Balfour. (photo credit: PEPE FAINBERG)

What is the place of the Balfour Declaration in the history of Zionism?
“Dear Lord Rothschild…” These three words helped to change the course of modern Jewish history and ultimately create the State of Israel.

The Balfour Declaration was the beginning of really a massive new chapter in the 2,000-year longing of the Jewish people for its land. Of course, Jews had never forsaken the dream of return, and that return, shivat tzion, the return home to Zion, was written into every Jewish heart.


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