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Teller From Jerusalem

Jun 30, 2021

TFJ: Series 1 Episode 21: The Birth of Israel

At the beginning of the 1900s new settlers arrived in Israel who were very different from the earlier, pious settlers living in Israel. In garb, outlook and conduct the differences were vast, and it was Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, better known as Rav Kook who attempted to bridge the gap by not veering from tradition, but also not writing off the new immigrants. Rav Kook was exiled from Israel during WWI and spent the duration in London at the time of the Balfour Declaration. Jewish parliamentarians, afraid that they might be accused of dual loyalty for supporting the creation of a Jewish state in Israel, shamelessly asserted that Judaism does not require a Jewish homeland. This commenced a discussion that will last through three episodes regarding man’s ability, and sometimes even predilection, to render an opinion whether or not they are qualified to do so.

Edited and Produced by Alex Drucker 

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