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By Tsvi (Howard) Bisk, Moshe Dror

Bisk and Dror assert that the twenty first Century will be the Jewish Century, that no other folks is healthier ready to stand its demanding situations. although, to take action, a tension at the Jewish destiny needs to change a preoccupation with the Jewish prior. they give a neo-Zionist ideological research of contemporary Jewish lifestyles as a substitute to either classical Zionism and post-Zionism. They conceptualize a Jewish Grand technique by way of basically defining and delineating among ideology, coverage, grand method, approach and strategies, with compelling proposals for what the sort of revised Grand Straegy may possibly entail.

They recommend an idea of reinvigorated Israel-Diaspora family members in keeping with this new Grand process and the opportunity of the data expertise Revolution. in addition they provide a notion of Jewish spirituality that may be as attractive to secular as to non secular Jews. They reject the concept that of a kingdom that Dwells by myself. through the a while, Jews have affected and been suffering from the area greater than the other humans they assert. additionally they reject the view that discomfort is the dominant function of Jewish heritage as this lachrymose belief can't motivate wanted Jewish goals within the younger. They pressure the desires of the Jewish person and demand that there might be no actual value to the continuing life of the Jewish humans except the genuine existence, concrete wishes of the person are addressed. As former Israeli Ambassador to the United international locations and previous Cabinent Minister Gad Yaacobi asserts in his foreword, The ebook is unique, iconoclastic and in many ways progressive … it demanding situations inherited assumptions and demands confident motion. i feel we now have ahead of us a booklet that needs to develop into a reference aspect for Jewish coverage makers as speedy as possible.

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This, as we now know, did not solve the problem. Cosmopolitan Jews were also attacked by anti-Semites because they were cosmopolitan and therefore without authentic cultural roots. Rootless cosmopolitan became a synonym for Jew in Stalinist literature and almost always was a prelude to some anti-Semitic activity. The cosmopolitan Jews, in paroxysms of self-justification did not blame their “progressive” attackers, they embraced universalistic ideologies of brotherhood—how could they be antiSemitic?

The advent of genetic engineering has given the human race ultimate responsibility for the evolutionary process itself. The development of fusion power has placed the most basic motive force of the entire universe (the transformation of The World We Live In 9 hydrogen into helium, the fundamental process of every star in the universe) into the hands of the human race. All these developments joined to robotics and telecommunications are creating new means of production and information interchange that are radically altering concepts of society, economy, and culture beyond recognition.

Only a fringe minority of the ultra-Orthodox would today call themselves antiZionists. The vast majority today would call themselves non-Zionist, while a growing number would call themselves national Haredim, in both Israel and the Diaspora. Indeed the national Haredim might now outnumber the antiZionist Haredim. Two profound internal changes within the ultra-Orthodox community directly and indirectly affected by Israel have brought this about: The vast majority of ultra-Orthodox Jews now living have been born and reared in Israel and the United States and have acculturated many of these countries’ values and habits of thought.

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