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Jewish RadicalsA Documentary History$
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Tony Michels

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757437

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757437.001.0001

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“The Whole Thing Is Ridiculous” (1906)

“The Whole Thing Is Ridiculous” (1906)

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Jewish Radicals

Jacob Milch

NYU Press

This chapter is a critique against Zionism and other left-wing varieties of Jewish nationalism by one of the Jewish labor movement's pioneers, Jacob Milch. In it, the chapter raises several objections to Zionism as a whole, though it focuses particularly on the two main divisions of Zionism: materialistic and idealistic Zionism. The chapter argues that both forms of Zionism have both failed to see that the Jewish diaspora has more so-called “purity” in an ethnic and cultural sense, and that a concrete, unified nation of Jews cannot live up to the Zionist ideal. It concludes by comparing Zionism to a pleasant dream that one must be woken from.

Keywords:   Jacob Milch, Zionism, materialist Zionism, idealist Zionism, Jewish nation, Jewish nationalism

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