September 15th, 2017: Letters

Herzl’s dream included the rebuilding of the Temple, a Sabbath with little traffic and Jews streaming to the many synagogues to pray.

September 13, 2017 22:38
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Letters. (photo credit: REUTERS)

You theorize about how Theodor Herzl would react to the modern State of Israel (“Building an imagined community,” Cover, September 1).

The consensus seems to be to take him to Tel Aviv or maybe Haifa, but certainly not to the religious capital, Jerusalem, where he would feel uncomfortable. However, even a cursory reading of Herzl’s magnum opus Altneuland reveals that he most likely would enjoy seeing the religious revival there and even be disappointed that it was still incomplete.


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