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Liberal Zionism

The Unrequited Love Affair Between Liberal Jews and an Illiberal Israel

Carlo Strenger | Posted 08.28.2014 | World
Carlo Strenger

Jewish liberals -- in Israel and the Diaspora -- need to realize that the time has come to stop mourning Israel's idealized image.

If Liberal Zionism Were Dead, What Actions Would That Imply?

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Robert Naiman

The core problem with the Liberal Zionists, the key reason that they are politically moribund, is not that they believe in Zionism, but that they do not believe in organizing effective pressure on the Israeli government to bring about the policies that the Liberal Zionists claim to support.

On Listening to Both Israelis and Palestinians: Reflections on Peter Beinart's 'The American Jewish Cocoon'

Carlo Strenger | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion
Carlo Strenger

Beinart may actually represent the silent majority of Jews in the U.S., who are mostly liberal leaning politically and reform or secular in their religious views.

Reclaiming Zionism

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Can we embrace the numerous challenges Israel faces on behalf of the Global Jewish People, knowing that our disagreements are part of Zionism in-progress? Said simply, is it possible for Jews who disagree to see each other as partners in building our people's home?

Obama in Israel: A Primer for Liberals

Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch | Posted 05.25.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch

The liberal President reminded us that liberals were always on the side of those who sought self-determination, including Palestinian self-determination.

4 Reasons I'm Bound To Israel

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Why is it that, despite our diverse politics and passions, so many American Jews continue to feel a special tie to Israel? I believe there are four primary reasons for our continuing sense that our own identities are inextricably linked to Israel and its ability to thrive.

Is Zionism Opposed To Jewish Values?

Carlo Strenger | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Carlo Strenger

Contemporary political Zionism, in Butler's view, has constructed a very slanted narrative of Jewish history −- one that glorifies the kingdom of David, the Maccabees, Masada and Bar Kochba, all equated with the type of bellicose masculinity embraced by some early Zionist activists.

Why I Am Not A Liberal Zionist

Anat Biletzki | Posted 07.07.2012 | Religion
Anat Biletzki

If Zionism has been based on a set of values -- any values -- that "override whatever injustices statehood has brought," then it has taken us as far as one can get from the set of values that undergird liberal democracy.

Israel at 64: Love is Complex

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

We have had 64 years of building a homeland for the Jewish people, an heroic task that has at times succeeded beyond our wildest dreams, and of which we are immensely proud, and at times let us down in deep and painful ways. That is what it means to be in a loving relationship.

What Zionism Does (Not) Mean: Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Ruth Gavison | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Ruth Gavison

Yes, I am a Zionist. Wholeheartedly. If at all, I am now more explicitly Zionist than I was in my younger years. I am sorry and troubled that it has become so hard for so many to describe themselves in these terms.

Why I Am Both Hawk And Dove: Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Steven M. Cohen | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Steven M. Cohen

Zionists of the left must contend with two sorts of challenge. One challenge comes from without -- from those who deny the legitimacy of a sovereign Jewish homeland -- and one from within -- from those with positions that put Israel at grave risk both morally and physically.

The Flowering Of Creativity: Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Ariel Beery | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Ariel Beery

Here is the Zionist movement's next goal: to take the lead in informing our People's self-expression in art and politics and business alike, so as to pioneer a path toward a more fulfilling collective life.

A Jewish Athens, Not Sparta: Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Stuart Schoffman | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Stuart Schoffman

For the Love of Zion, call me whatever you will, it won't change what I am. Liberals like me, walking and talking like Zionists, are Zionists. That's a truth the "authorities" cannot duck.

Estranged But Committed: Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Yuli Tamir | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Yuli Tamir

I am a sad nationalist who knows that fewer and fewer fellow nationals share her dream of peace, equality and justice, and therefore feels estranged in her home-land, estranged but nonetheless committed. I am, as I wrote at the outset, irrevocably a Zionist.

For Our Creative Survival: Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Can the Jewish people survive without a Jewish and democratic state in the Land of Israel? For a while, perhaps. But creative Jewish survival needs a state to strengthen Jewish identity, foster Jewish unity and offer a meaningful Jewish response to the emptiness of modern life.

The Abandoned Middle Road: Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Anita Shapira | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Anita Shapira

Sometimes I feel that I am the last of a vanishing species of people who had deep convictions about taking responsibility for the destiny of the Jews and about mending themselves as part of a universal movement aimed at making the world a better place.

How I Became A 'Post-Zionist': Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Rabbi Aryeh Cohen | Posted 06.24.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Aryeh Cohen

The Zionist movement succeeded in creating a homeland for the Jewish people in the Land of Israel more than 60 years ago. Its current challenge is to become a truly liberal democratic country of all its citizens and work toward peace with a homeland for the Palestinian people in Palestine.

The Future Of Israel: Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Leonard Fein | Posted 06.23.2012 | Religion
Leonard Fein

Is liberal Zionism an oxymoron? These days, it's easy to think it is. Many people on the left have, reluctantly, accepted that right-wing extremists are today's true Zionists, and have, therefore, dropped away from Zionism, or have styled themselves "post-Zionists," or have come to regard Israel as irrevocably tainted by its Zionist identity. But: Liberal Zionism, authentic heir to classic pragmatic Zionism, though overshadowed by Israel's pro-settler right wing camp, is alive and -- as we set out here to demonstrate over the next few days -- kicking.

Is Peter Beinart The 'Wicked Son'?

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 06.11.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

Last week, the Jewish community was publicly challenged to consider what views have a role to play in the discussion around our table and what views are beyond the pale.

Overcoming The Fear That Drives The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 07.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

Why is it so hard for either the Palestinians or the Israelis -- or, for that matter, different voices within the Jewish community -- to stop shouting and begin listening to one another?