By Jacques Kornberg
A founder of smooth Israel, Ahad Ha-am (1856-1927) used to be one of many shapers of the modern Zionist attention. His profession spanned the period of Russian Jewry’s nationalist awakening. over the past decade of the 19th century, he was once the top theorist of the Russian Zionist stream. Afterwards, he used to be overshadowed through Theodore Herzl, who imposed his personal stamp on Zionism. With the failure of Herzl’s international relations and his early dying in 1904, Russian Zionists deserted Herzl’s priorities and steadily refashioned this system of the Zionist association of their personal photograph. greater than someone else, Ahad Ha-am supplied the ideological authority for this shift. until eventually on the Crossroads, there have been no updated stories of Ahad Ha-am. This long-awaited assortment contains 14 essays by means of across the world identified students in smooth Jewish historical past and literature. The essays variety from experiences of Ahad Ha-am as a literary stylist, his function within the revival of Hebrew, his political suggestion and job, his debates with recognized contemporaries concerning the Jewish destiny, and the reinterpretation of his rules by means of his Zionist disciples. the final photo awarded via this e-book is a brand new picture of Ahad Ha-am—far much less Westernized and much extra embedded within the nineteenth-century Jewish and Russian cultural milieu than was once formerly idea.
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40 Professor Friesel has shown that this "spiritualized" version of Ahad Ha-Am's doctrine was spread by his American disciples, who trimmed Ahad Ha-Am's teachings to their own needs as American Jews. However, Ahad Ha-Am's writings lent themselves to this interpretation. National movements require the unity, discipline, and legitimacy procured by political institutions and political authority. Jews had no continuing history of political sovereigntyas did England, Turkey, or Japanand had to build such an authority de novo.
Capable of concentrating their whole spiritual life on ... one idea ... "28 Consciousness was glacial; altering it required infinite patience. "I well know there are such things as imperceptible impressions that nevertheless, even against mens' wills, burrow silently in the depths of the soul ... "29 Ahad Ha-Am's gradualism suggests that he believed that change required the freely given democratic sanction of the people's will. While initiated from above, the new national consciousness had to slowly penetrate below.
Major Issues and Controversies 5. The Ahad Ha-Am and Berdyczewski Polarity Arnold J. Band 49 6. Ahad Ha-Am and Dubnow: Friends and Adversaries Robert Seltzer 60 7. Ahad Ha-Am and "Ahad Ha-Amism": The Onset of Crisis Stanley Nash 73 Page vi Part III. In The Political Arena 8. The Zionist as Thinker: Ahad Ha-Am and Hibbat Zion David Vital 87 9. Ahad Ha-Am and Benei Moshe: An "Unsuccessful Experiment"? Joseph Salmon 98 10. Ahad Ha-Am and Herzl Jacques Kornberg 106 Part IV. Influence and Continuity 11.