David Ben-Gurion and the Jewish Renaissance by Professor Shlomo Aronson, Naftali Greenwood

By Professor Shlomo Aronson, Naftali Greenwood

This e-book bargains a reappraisal of David Ben-Gurion's function in Jewish-Israeli background from the viewpoint of the twenty-first century, within the greater context of the Zionist "renaissance," of which he used to be a huge and precise exponent. a few have defined Ben-Gurion's Zionism as a dream that has long past bitter, or a utopia doomed to be unfulfilled. Now - after the airborne dirt and dust surrounding Israel's founding father has settled, information were opened, and point of view has been received considering that Ben-Gurion's downfall - this booklet provides a clean examine this statesman-intellectual and his good fortune and tragic mess ups in the course of a different time period that he and his friends defined because the "Jewish renaissance." The ensuing reappraisal deals a brand new research of Ben-Gurion's genuine function as an incredible participant in Israeli, center japanese, and international politics.

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The Jewish renaissance era, according to those who propagated it, was problematic from the start. It combined with other historical forces and world upheavals until it gave way to a “counter-renaissance” in many respects. All of this explains Ben-Gurion’s decline and the rise – and fall – of most of his successors. In sum, Ben-Gurion was a product of an era and the crafter of special conditions that held sway in the Jewish world of his time. Therefore, anyone who wishes to learn from his actions must recognize their uniqueness in their own time and beware of judging them with the tools of our own era.

Both of them saw the Renaissance not only as an era of artistic efflorescence but also as a unitary whole, during which the pinnacle of the arts, the exploration of new continents, and scientific innovations came together to create a general “discovery of the world and discovery of Man,” for better or worse. 2 If so, given that Zionism was a national liberation movement, what connection could it have to the Renaissance? The roots of the Zionism of Ben-Gurion and his contemporaries should be sought in Russian literature; Polish poetry; the European heroism of Byron, Adam Mickiewicz, and Victor Hugo;3 the 18 Humanism 19 nationalistic romanticism of Italy and Central Europe; the Czarist Russian literature, poetry, and struggle for liberation; and the Hebrew-language Haskala [Jewish Enlightenment] texts of Peretz Smolenskin, Ahad Ha’am, and others.

Rather, he had to be active in society. Just as action without profound understanding of its significance was considered unacceptable, so was profound thinking without action deemed sterile. Humanistic theory demanded a delicate balance between action and thought, with action arising not from compromise but from an acquiescence that worked both ways. The theoretical goal of this approach was political in the broadest sense of the word, that is, not only to educate youth but also to guide adults, including the leaders of the time, by means of philosophical poetry and rhetoric of political import.

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