The Zionist Idea (Then & Now)


One lovely, the other quite unlovely, compare the cover art of the two editions of Arthur Hertzberg’s classical anthology of ideological writing contained in The Zionist Idea. Once upon a time, one could say, Zionism understood itself as amalgamating culture and nature. We can see this in the cover art of the 1959 edition. In contrast, the cover art of the current edition, published by the Jewish Publication Society in 2004 (?), the one that young people and students have more readily available, is the cold and hard official emblem of a nation-state, binary in appearance. The new cover carries none of the revolutionary vitality conveyed in the historical sources, which have long since calcified into an establishment form, increasingly ethnocentric.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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5 Responses to The Zionist Idea (Then & Now)

  1. Karl says:

    It also sadly reflects the reality that Hebrew characters are sure to look foreign and perplexing to most of their readers

  2. David Roytenberg says:

    Great book, whatever the cover. Fond memories of my years in Canadian Young Judaea.

  3. droytenberg says:

    Great book whatever the cover. Fond memories of Canadian Young Judaea. Summer camp, Israel summer and year program.

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