Sunday, October 16, 2005

The Argument Against a Secular State

I read an outstanding article by Ze'ev Orenstein and I have to decided to write my own personal follow-up to it. I know a family of Israelis that live here locally to me. They left Israel and came to America because they had much to gain financially from leaving Eretz Yisrael. They told me that they had no reason to stay in Israel because it was simply a minature version of America. They are what I call 'Tel-Aviv Jews'. They don't see Israel as a Jewish nation, but see it as a nation that just so happens to be inhabited by Jews. Therefore for them there is no reason to be in Israel when America offers so much more to a secular Jew. The very fact that they are not at home in Israel is an attestment to the failure of secular Zionism. At the very core of Zionism is the idea that in the heart of a Jew lies the desire to be at home in Israel. By our very nature, our souls are tied to the land, and the land to the covenant and so forth. It's a circle of life, per se. Each exists because of the presence of the other. The answer to this problem is that there is no such thing as 'secular Zionism'. The true definition of both words when seperated do not allow them to be combined. There is only one Zionism, and that is Torah Zionism. The point I am trying to convey is that if you do not believe we are a special covenant people who serves the Almighty, why would you want to be in Israel? If your idea of the 'Israel Experience' is going to Tel-Aviv and dancing the night away in a discotheque, why do you need to be in Israel to do that? Paris, London, and New York have a much better secular scene if that is what you are looking for. If the secularists are to have their way and truly turn Israel into a country after the European mold, Israel will disappear. Secularism and Zionism do not mix. Secularism will only drive Jews back into galus. Because without a Jewish identity, there is no reason to be in the tiny desert country. America is a much better place for one who wishes to assimilate and be like the non-Jews. Israel will only survive if it maintains a strict Jewish identity. Without the Torah, and without our blessed covenant we really are no different than the other nations. Our special covenant with G-d is the only thing that makes us Jewish. And this same covenant is the only thing that will keep Israel from being renamed Palestine. (...to be continued)

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i bet they were russian jews you knew? there was a real crisis here after the fall of communism and the mass aliyah from russia. so many jews who had no jewish identity became israelis.

10/16/2005 03:20:00 PM  

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