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May 14, 2005

(Israeli Reform Zionist Think Tank held Kibbutz Nachsholim)

A. B. Yehoshua’s in-depth remarks cast a wide net.  If I am to relate, as a Reform Zionist, to the meaning of the “Zionist revolution” for our movement in the ten minutes allocated, I can only cover a number of points and I have to forego the nuances. For this I apologize in advance.

With regard to every Zionist movement including Reform Zionism, I am definitely prepared to accept the term “revolution” as you use it –  “a radical change in life priorities, values, social ideology and political structure.”  We are speaking about a vision of an alternative way of life  – an alternative Torat Chaim.

Secondly, you say: “a program, a direction, a platform for a new way of life…”   I add that without a program of action the vision simply remains a dream.

And above all, the realization of the vision requires a critical mass – even if it is a small mass – of people, passionate and devoted, who work to actualize that vision-guided way of life. And inevitably, because the Zionist enterprise is an enterprise of human beings the success will only be partial.

Read the whole article: the-zionist-revolution-a-response-to-ab-yehoshua.rtf