December 28, 2004

by Reb Yudel
There's no end to history

Highly incisive, highly personal editorial by J.J.Goldber in this week's Forward :
I had been taught that we Labor Zionists were a glue that held the community together, the one group that was liberal enough to march with the leftists and communists, yet Jewish enough to talk to the Orthodox and even have them over for dinner, umbilically linked to Jerusalem yet always ready to argue when we needed to (and even when we didn't).

Just the point, Hoenlein said, thinking, as always, four steps ahead. Now it's my type, he said, the Modern Orthodox, that's becoming the glue, the ones who can talk to everyone from the black hats to the Reform — allied in Jerusalem to the Likud, yet still bound by history and sentiment to Labor. And, he added, our guys are the ones leading the modern version of your pioneering kibbutz tradition, the West Bank settler movement. You watch, he said. In 10 years, you'll be seeing a lot of knitted yarmulkes like mine sitting in those pivotal chairs where you guys were.

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