Ahad Ha'am and the Jewish Volksgeist

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Abstract

Ahad Ha'am has been described by Oavid Vital not only as the 'sage of Zionism',1but as perhaps the only genuine thinker of this national movement. As Vital notes, the interest in Ahad Ha'am has been continuous through out the twentieth century, and his writings remain pertinent to current debates. Infact, the sewritings possess particular significance for Jews and Israelis as they enter the twenty-first century and add resspressing concerns about the meaning of Jewish identity, the best ways of preserving and cultivating this identity and the overall place of literary culture in contemporary life. But while Ahad Ha'am's thinking is highly relevant to the sedebates, his thought is often misconstrued, since it is examined through lenses focused too tightly on the early ideological polemics of the early Zionist movement and exclusively within its compass.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Politics
Subtitle of host publicationEssays in Honour of David Vital
EditorsAbraham Ben-Zvi, Aharon Klieman
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherFrank Cass Publishers
Pages267-281
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781315038896
ISBN (Print)9780714651743
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

Publication series

NameCass series: Israeli history, politics and society
PublisherFrank Cass publishers
ISSN (Print)1368-4795

RAMBI Publications

  • rambi
  • Jews -- Identity
  • Jews -- United States -- Attitudes toward Israel

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