Religion: Soil & Soul

Soil & Soul Zionism was sparked largely by oldtime European social democrats who relegated religion to second or even no place at all. In Israel, Orthodox believers and a secularist government still live in uneasy truce. But among U.S. Jews, this division has been largely ignored. The majority of U.S. Jews accepted Zionism so enthusiastically, mixing its political aims with their faith's ritualized nostalgia for the lost homeland, that most Orthodox rabbis and lay religious leaders have made a place for themselves in Zionism. They usually did so in...

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