The Significance of Israel for the Future of Judaism
Treating Israel solely as a haven against persecution short changes the state's importance

In 2008, David Hartman set out a seminal argument about the relevance of the State of Israel for the health of the Jewish people. He published it in Havruta, the journal of the Shalom Hartman Institute that he had founded. 

“Throughout the history of modern Israel, many people,
both living in the state and abroad, have believed
that the fundamental purpose of creating the State of
Israel was to solve the condition of Jewish suffering by
providing a national home for Jews. Although persecution
and suffering played a major role in the quest for Jewish
political independence, treating Israel solely as a haven
against persecution is, I believe, incomplete and inadequate
for understanding the significance and importance of the
rebirth of the Jewish state.”

-David Hartman

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