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The Autonomous Jewish Self

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Questioners challenge the author with a Jewish version of the fallacy of misplaced confidence. Zionism was the great fruit of the fusion of the Western notion of social responsibility and the Jewish commitment to life. We consider it a premise of Jewish duty that we should help determine the course of our society and take political action for the State of Israel or Jews in peril. By adapting ourselves to America, the authors have created a Jewish style which shows signs of being a successor to other amalgams of Jewish life and a host culture. These and many other smaller triumphs exist because many Jews, against the advice of their leaders, believed that the spiritual survival of the Jewish community would never be assured by seeking to preserve Jewish life as isolated as possible from the newly opened up Western world.

Keywords: Israel; Jewish version; social responsibility; Western world; Zionism



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