Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Paradox of Jewish Nationalism

Rav Kook is widely known as the modern mystic of Jewish nationalism, to whom the religious Zionist movement looks as one of its guiding lights. What is not understood is this great thinker's highly nuanced view of Jewish nationalism as the handmaiden of a broader universalism. I once wrote an essay on this subject for the "A Simple Jew" blog, which attempts to clarify this important point: