Parasha & Herzl

Linking the Torah to the writing of Theodor Herzl

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The decades that transformed Judaism

Judaism was shaped through three brief periods of radical changes: the Abrahamic revolution that shaped Judaism 1.0; the 1st century CE destruction of the Temple that shaped Judaism 2.0; and the 20th century Zionist revolution that seeded Judaism 3.0.

The longevity of Abraham’s foreign policy doctrine

Abraham and Herzl both realized that the Jewish state will only exist if it will be needed, not because it will be pitied.

The inauguration of Judaism 1.0

The Temple was the anchor of the first era of Judaism. This article takes us from its origin in the Parasha to its depiction by Herzl’s utopia, being visible from long distances, “for it is only our ancient faith that has kept us together.”

Is the Israeli song ‘Oof Gozal’ a subconscious midrash for Sefer Dvarim?

God-fearing seculars is a new phenomenon is Judaism, and hence new tools are needed: Einstein’s song, as interpreted, provides such a tool today at the onset of Judaism 3.0

Did Miriam die from her leprosy?

An interpretive autopsy of Miriam could cast a different light on the 40 years in the desert

The age-old question: Is God still with Israel?

Relationship with Israel have been a function of the world’s nations assessment of a basis question

The emergence of a Jewish elite

Herzl recognized the importance of having an elite, as long as the elites know their boundaries

The Golden Calf reappears

Herzl predicted that once the Jewish States would be established, the dancers around the Golden Calf will be furious at him

From ‘Then Sang Moses’ to ‘Then Sang Herzl’

Herzl’s view of the Exodus from Europe in comparison to the Exodus from Egypt

Passover as Jewish particularity

Herzl created a new anchor for Judaism, having concluded that the primary malaise of 2,000 years of exile was not the persecution, but rather the lack of unified Jewish political leadership. 

Joseph and Herzl seeking their brethern

Two strangers, one who encountered Joseph and another who encountered Herzl, lead them to their brethren and change Judaism

Jacob’s and Herzl’s Struggle

Herzl’s interpretation of Jacob’s conflict also is indicative of his own.

To Egypt or to Israel?

A transformation is recognized by Caleb and Joshua in the Parasha and later recognized by Herzl


Parasha & Herzl links topic in the weekly Torah reading with the writing of Theodor Herzl, the father of modern Zionism.

It is based on a monthly column in the Jerusalem Post by Gol Kalev and related discussions that are held in Jerusalem.


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