Excerpt from JNS article: “expanding Abraham Accords, strengthening Israel’s alliances top agenda at Jerusalem summit”
By David Isaac, JNS, January 1, 2003,
Speaking at the Jerusalem Leaders Summit about the impact of his book Judaism 3.0, Gol Kalev argued that “Judaism is now under a large-scale assault through the port of Zionism…a broad recognition that we are in Judaism 3.0, and Zionism is becoming the anchor of Judaism, would dramatically mitigate the existential treat”
The event, hosted by the Washington think tank International Leaders Summit in cooperation with the Washington Times, tackled today’s geopolitical issues.
Excerpt from JNS Article: Gol Kalev, a reporter with the Jerusalem Report, discussed rising antisemitism in the West and his proposal to combat it in his new book “Judaism 3.0.” Its theme is that a paradigm shift is needed that equates Zionism with Judaism, so that “if you bash Israel, it’s the same as bashing Judaism.”
The Israel hater must say Judaism is “merely a religion and, therefore, opposition to Zionism is not anti-Semitism,” said Kalev. He added that while anti-Zionism is in some quarters practically a rite of passage, antisemitism is still unpopular.
“We have an asset in our current defense against the assault on Judaism and that is for the first time in history, it is no longer popular to be a Jew hater,” he said, and by defining Zionism as the anchor of Judaism, antisemites will be robbed of their avenue to attack Jews.
Gil Troy, a historian at McGill University and editor of a newly published collection of Theodor Herzl’s diaries, said it’s important to pass on to the younger generation a sense of pride and a Jewish literacy, particularly in the Diaspora, where college students are on the frontlines facing antisemitism. “They’re the ones who have trouble and they’re the ones we have to help.”
Troy and Kalev disagreed on which was worse: left-wing vs. right-wing antisemitism. Troy said that “all bigotry is evil.” Kalev said the left-wing variety is far more dangerous because it poses an “existential” threat. He said Israel faced the danger of being turned into a pariah state similar to what happened with South Africa, and noted that the world is currently mobilized against Russia, but when that crisis passes, who’s to say Israel won’t be next. Full Article
Related: It’s time for Judaism 3.0 (Newsweek)
Anti-Zionism is anti-Humanity (Jerusalem Post)
“Gol Kalev picks up where Herzl left off”
Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem
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Judaism 3.0 by Gol Kalev
In this landmark book, Gol Kalev demonstrates how Zionism has turned into the organizing principle of Judaism. It has become the primary conduit through which both Jews and non-Jews relate to Judaism – in both the positive and negative.
Through an in-depth analysis of long-term shifts in Israel and in North American Jewry, as well as assessment of global trends that impact Judaism, Kalev shows that the anchor of the Jewish nation-religion has shifted from its religious aspect (Judaism 2.0) to its national aspect (Judaism 3.0).
Tying Theodor Herzl’s original vision of Zionism to today’s realities, Kalev shows that Judaism 3.0 is not only the most accurate reflection of the contemporary state of Judaism, but also the relevant framework to address emerging threats to Judaism. First and foremost, the existential threat of Israel-bashing, which has replaced anti-Semitism as the primary currency of age-old opposition to Judaism.
“Gol Kalev does not just know Theodor Herzl – he lives and breathes Theodor Herzl…This book should trigger the conversation the Jewish community needs about Israel, Zionism, Judaism and Identity. Bravo!”
Professor Gil Troy, author – The Zionist Ideas
ייA remarkable ideas book that is about much more than the state of Judaism…One of the most important books about Judaism, Zionism and global trends of our times.”
Catherine Carlton, former Mayor of Menlo Park, Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur
“This book should play an important role in the discussions about the future of world Jewry and its relations with Israel.”
Natan Sharansky, former Chairman of The Jewish Agency, former Deputy Prime Minister of Israel
“Gol Kalev’s book has the merit to transform the very essence of the State of Israel to becoming an objective expression of Jewish identity“
Dr. Georges Yitzhak Weisz, author – Theodor Herzl: A New Reading
“Fresh new thinking about the relationship between Judaism and Israel. Kalev picks up where Herzl left off…A must read for people of all religious and political backgrounds who want to get a deeper understanding of the state of Zionism and Judaism today.”
Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem
“A courageous thesis that must be part of any serious discussion of the future of Israel and the Jewish people.”
Michael Oren, historian, former ambassador of Israel to the United States
About the Author: Gol Kalev is a former Wall Street investment banker who has been researching Herzl and Zionism. Growing up in Tel Aviv and serving in the Israeli army, he then lived in New York and now resides in Jerusalem. He also spent time in various European cities and has traveled through both the American and European countryside, learning about contrasting world-views.
He is chairman of The AIFL Think Tank, which explores Zionism and Judaism, and has been writing analysis articles about Zionism, Europe, and global affairs for the Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem Report, Israel Hayom, The Daily Wire, The Media Line, Newsweek and Foreign Policy.
He has been praised for his unique understanding of Judaism by people throughout the political and religious spectrum. In this book, he delivers the state of Judaism as he sees it: Zionism as the anchor of Judaism.
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