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Few political terms have such a hazy and imprecise definition in popular discourse as “Zionism.” In part, this is due to the political agenda. Leon Pinsker: Auto-emancipation and self-help In September , a pamphlet entitled “Auto-emancipation! An appeal to his people by a Russian Jew ”. Key words: Zionism, Russian empire, Leon Pinsker, Jewish emancipation. “Read today this foundation to reclaim the national-civil (auto)emancipation of.

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Then and only then will the Jewish people be strong enough to assume the mantle of building a nation state, according to Achad Ha’am. If no notice is taken of our descent and we are treated like others born in the country, we are thankful to the point of actually turning renegades.

The Hebrew language and its literature have emxncipation nigh vanished from the memory of Israel. They acquired, or persuaded themselves that they had acquired certain cosmopolitan tendencies which could appeal to others no more than they could bring satis- faction to the Jews themselves. Hence the problem is to find means of so adjusting the relations of this exclusive element to the whole body of the nations that there shall never be any further basis for the Jewish Question.

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If no notice is taken of our descent and we are treated like others born in leln country, we express our gratitude by actually turning renegades. Then, incame the anti-Jewish riots in the Russian Empire — followed by devastating pogroms in after the assassination of the tsar.

It is now high time to create a refuge for this surplus. This means looking to the time before the WZO was established, and thus a time before Herzl.

Several Jewish colonies have been established, and they maintain themselves on a satisfactory basis. Nikolaj Stenberg added it Dec 09, You yourselves are “within,” and your eyes are open to see. The goal of our present endeavors must be not the “Holy Land,” but a land of our own. At the worst, we shall continue to be in the future what we have been in the past, what we are too cowardly to resolve that we will be no longer: Leon Pinsker, Auto-Emancipation and the real meaning of Zionism.


Return to Book Page. Look for Hovevei Zion St. It led to a prejudice which, in its turn, in connection with other forces to be discussed later, paved the way for Judeophobia.

Returning to Zionism’s roots: Leon Pinsker, Auto-Emancipation and the real meaning of Zionism

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! We believe that a nucleus for this beginning already lies emancippation hand in the existing societies. If they decline that function, however, and refuse to go emancipahion the limits of their present activity, they must at least depute some of their numbers as a national board, let us say a directoratewhich will have to establish that unity which we now Lack and without which the success of our endeavors is unthinkable.

If we are cast out of the house which we have built for ourselves, we beg humbly for mercy, and if we do not succeed in touching the heart of our oppressor we move on and seek— another exile. He reverts to his old standpoint, and again proceeds to confuse and entangle the two questions as if you had not uttered a word. But the war we have waged — and God knows how long we zuto continue to wage it — has not H been for a fatherland, but for the wretched mainten- ance of millions of “Jew peddlers.

We are now passing through such a moment. The idea will spring up of its own accord, as an “immediate, spontaneous issue from feeling,” from the feeling of love for Judaism and emwncipation its land. And if the fear of ghosts is something inborn, and has a certain justification in the psychic life of mankind, why be surprised at the effect produced by this dead but still living nation.



We cannot, of course, think of lekn per- fect harmony. He who tries to prove too much proves nothing at all. We say this with a very heavy heart; but we must admit the truth. We must not complain of it; on the contrary, we are in duty bound to take courage, to rise, and to see to it that we do not remain forever the Cinderella, the butt of the peoples.

Believing in assimilation, he was the founder of a Russian language Jewish weekly. Thanks to their ready adaptability, they have all the more easily acquired the alien traits of the people among whom their fate has thrown them.

Therefore we must abandon the eamncipation idea that we are ful filing by our dispersion a Provi- dential mission, a mission in which no one believes, an honorable station which ‘ we, dmancipation speak frankly, Would gladly resign; if the bdiotis epithet “Jew” could only be blotted out of the memory of man. Woe to our descendants, woe to the memory of our Jewish contemporaries, if we let this moment pass by!

The customs of religion and of daily life have assumed a form peculiar to each portion of the globe, accommodating themselves to the general spirit prevailing there. It is not always possible to cure him of this ominous loss of appetite.

With the loss of their father- Jews land, the Jewish people lost their inde- pendence, and fell into a decay which is not compat- ible with existence as a whole vital organism.