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Tsvi Bisk – The Optimistic Jew Chapter 9 – Why Be Jewish?

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Tsvi Bisk: A growing number of non-orthodox Israelis and Diaspora Jews have difficulty answering this question. This is the question of questions.

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Tsvi Bisk – The Optimistic Jew – The Future of Israeli Culture Chapter 8

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Since Israel is the showcase of world Jewry, its internal cultural developments are of concern to all Jews. Israel’s impact on Diaspora Jewish culture since the establishment of the State cannot be exaggerated. The most obvious example is Ashkenazi synagogues that have followed the example of Israel in using Sephardic pronunciation.

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Tsvi Bisk – The Optimistic Jew Chapter 7 – Living With The Christians

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Living With The Christians

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Tsvi Bisk – The Optimistic Jew Chapter Six

The Optimistic Jew

The Future of Arab-Jewish Relations A robust policy must have clearly defined first principles to sustain itself over time. The first principle pertaining to our relations with the Arabs should be what is good for the Jews. In its modern context, this means what is good for Zionism. I have already defined Zionism as the collective option for individual Jews in Israel or in the Diaspora to integrate into modern life without sacrificing their Jewish identity. I do not define Zionism as the attempt to recreate the Kingdom of David, reconstruct the Temple, with attendant animal sacrifice, or construct a settlement everywhere the patriarch Abraham once rested his head.

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Tsvi Bisk – The Optimistic Jew Chapter Five

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During the pre-state and early post state era, kibbutz and moshav settlements epitomized Zionist strategy and activity. Their contribution was crucial in the struggle to create and sustain the Jewish State. They provided security in struggles with local Arabs as well as hostile Arab incursions from outside the Mandate area. They played a vital role in the absorption of Jewish immigrants and in creating Israeli agriculture.

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Tsvi Bisk – The Optimistic Jew Chapter Four

The optimistic Jew

I believe that in order to rejuvenate Zionism we have to reinvent Israel-Diaspora relations. The driving force behind a revitalized Israeli-Diaspora relationship should be the Diaspora and not Israel.

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