Israel and Jewish masculinity
Israelis treat traditional Jewish masculinity (laconic, kind, cultivating the mind more than the body, etc.) as having been imposed upon us by physically superior foreign powers, conveniently ignoring how it was evident already in the stories of our patriarch Yaakov/Israel himself and his rivalry with Esav.
in a very short time, ancient and long-existing communities, some of which have existed since before the Second Temple, have all been folded into this new state
what's good about this? what makes anyone believe this new state is more stable than our much longer-existing diasporic communities?
of course since that time when we lived in Palestine, since we went out into the world, we've been a diasporic civilization, and imo this has been the only way Jews have survived
it's our biggest strength. going backwards is simultaneously harmful to the people who have made it their home in following centuries, and also bad for Jews in general.
Perpetuating the status quo is political, whether you choose to acknowledge this or not. Going off on people who disrupt the status quo is political. Dismissing people's concerns as "political" is extremely political. Everything you were doing that they are telling you to stop doing is political, and so is your response to them telling you to stop doing it. You can do other political things besides what you're doing right now.
there's no point at which Jews don't refer to ourselves as a nation/people (עם, אומה), but the Hebrew word for religion (דת) seems to have first appeared in the comparatively later-written Book of Esther, and is a Persian loanword (distantly related to Latin and English "data").
there is, of course, earlier mention of the Jewish people worshipping "other gods" which obviously refers to other religions, but this only goes to show that Jewish peoplehood/nationhood is not dependant upon religion.
attempts to separate the Jewish nation from the Jewish religion seem to have begun during the transition from feudalism to liberalism. with feudal obligations no longer holding together states, there was a need to get the people to swear allegiance to a "nation" that the state was charged with representing
as such it was said by french revolutionary figures, for example, that there could not be nations within nations...
a great example of a secular, leftist, anti-Zionist movement that considered Jewish nationality important was the Bund: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bundism
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