Essay on After Auschwitz and The Jewish State: Rubenstein and Herzl

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Rubenstein and Herzl viewed religion in very similar ways. Their major works, After Auschwitz and The Jewish State described their view of a place where Jews from around the world could gather and call home. They believed this society should be fundamentally based in secular law rather than religious doctrine. It was more important for them to live freely as a culturally Jewish society, rather than living as a religiously Jewish society. I would suggest that the definition of religion would be the belief of a God, or once God, and the worship of Him through religious practices. The distinction between this definition and a more standard definition, “the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, esp. a personal God or gods” …show more content…
When Herzl addressed the location of the state, he said. He also wrote about how the new state would be radically modern, with a free enterprise system working with the state and the technology would be as sophisticated and advanced as any other European society. Herzl may have foreseen the opposition of orthodox rabbis to the unorthodox doctrine of Zionism, in which a political and ideological foundation would supersede religious law. He was hesitant at first to press this important view, partly because he needed the religious and rabbinic community to support his cause. In The Jewish State, Herzl neglected the idea of another minority group in the future Jewish State. The book was not meant to suggest the colonization of another area of land, but after he visited the Israel, he had a new outlook, which included other minorities along with a Jewish majority. Even so, Herzl had respect for religious expression, probably because he needed the rabbinic community, the leaders of the Jewish world, to support his Zionist movement. Herzl pictured the Jewish State’s government as an “Aristocratic Republic,"(Herzl p. 13) which would be shaped similar to Germany. Herzl later wrote about the Altneuland (Herzel [2]), an ideal society based on the Jewish state in which he described a pluralistic democracy where every ethnicity had equal rights. The State of Israel was

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