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Humanism, Globalization, Postmodernism, and the Jewish People

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The idea of globalization as a general solution to the problem of wars between nation-states, competing with each other for raw materials, pools of cheap labor, and markets, and as a solution to the problem of violent class struggles, competing for the satisfaction of the same interests within each country and between countries. The two dramatic historical events that opened the postmodern era for the Jewish people the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel brought about a dialectical transformation in the process of polarization in the Jewish people in modern times. Modern humanism saw the human being as a creature created "in God's image" in as much as he was privileged with the endowment of spirit that provides him with a purpose and destiny in nature. In postmodernism, the word "spirit" is only a metaphor, whose meaning is vague.

Keywords:globalization; Holocaust; humanism; Israel; Jewish People; postmodernism

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