The Future of Zionism

Following Israel’s 63rd birthday, Diaspora Jews need not be concerned with the question of whether Israel will still exist in another 63 years. Rather, the question they need to be asking is whether Diaspora Jewry will still be around then.

May 13, 2011 01:19
Israelis celebrating Independence Day

Yom Haaztmaut Israeli flag 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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Let’s be honest: for Jews in the West, and especially in America, Zionism has never been directly about them. For most , being a Zionist means supporting the State of Israel. In the best case scenario, this translates into donating money to Israeli causes, defending the Jewish state to wide-eyed neighbors, and lobbying the local congressman from time to time. But  actually immigrating to the Jewish homeland is something else entirely. So in a sense, export Zionism is akin to being a cheerleader rather than a field player.

On My Mind: Preparing for the tsunami

For these Jews, Zionism means ensuring a safe haven for those less fortunate Jews who suffer from anti-Semitism. Not feeling particularly threatened themselves, giving to Israel is essentially an altruistic act - they are giving on behalf of the greater good of the Jewish people.


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