Friday, June 22, 2007

Messianism, Zionism, And Jewish Radicalism

Aviezer Ravitzky, University Of Chicago Press, 1993/6

Ravitzky, an observant member of the faculty at Hebrew University divides his readable work into four sections, dealing with a modern manifestation of Jewish thought and observant life in its attitude to Messianism. Following the introduction, the subjects tackled are a) radical anti-Zionism in the world of Satmar and Neturey Karta, b) Messianic religious Zionism, c) the dilemma of Agudat Yisrael and d) the Messianism within Chabad. The studies are thorough, well-sourced and convincing presentations of radically different yet highly-influential ideologies. Each is seen as a response to a Jewish world in need of re-interpretation in the light of changing circumstances, war, the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel. Parts of the book are a little dated, as there have been significant developments in all four of these groups since its publication, but the book remains the most important of its genre.

Messianism, Zionism And Jewish Radicalism