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Between Center And Centrality: The Zionist Perception Of Klal Yisrael

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The term Klal Yisrael in its traditional meaning is parallel to the term Am Yisrael-the Jewish people. The Zionist movement and its leaders were involved in most of the political and social activities. Concerning the case of Klal Yisrael, this chapter makes a distinction between social philanthropy and national philanthropy. The Jewish Klal Yisrael activity was inspired directly and indirectly by the new national ideologies-the Bundist, the Dubnowian, and the Zionist. Zionism approached the totality of the Jewish people from every political, social, cultural and religious dimension. This was the reason that Zionism more than any other modern Jewish movement approached Klal Yisrael, even if the Jewish majority did not accept its ideology or rejected it completely. The State of Israel in the present is the most pluralistic Jewish society that ingathers Klal Yisrael. This is Israel's 'centrality' among the Jewish people in the present and in the near future.

Keywords: Am Yisrael; Bundist ideology; Jewish people; Klal Yisrael; national philanthropy; social philanthropy; Zionist movement



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