The Thought of Salvation in Zionism
The ancient Greek philosophy did not define the concept of historical progress; that is, time moves forward in a perpetual progress towards salvation. Greek philosophy envisaged time to be more of a circle. In other words, time did not move in a uniform direction towards progress and salvation. Augustine, who viewed and construed Christian theology as one that embraced the notion of progress: history has its teleology and particular direction. Its final station is salvation.
The theme of the 62nd issue of the Israeli Affairs Quarterly Journal is Israel’s relations with Jewish Groups outside of Israel.
The notion of “the negation of exile” constitutes a central keystone in Zionist thought: It is a degrading state of being that must end, because the meaning of collective Jewish existence is only fulfilled in the land of Israel. He needs the land and the land needs him, she is his and he is hers, he is lacking without her and she is lacking without him. This is the logic that made immigration and colonization the ideological and practical foundations of Zionism (Aliyah in Hebrew – as in immigration – means “ascent”).
The theme of the 61st issue of the Israeli Affairs Quarterly Journal is centered around the millet system, sectarian division, and personal status within Israeli law and society. Many regard this subject marginal on the political level as it concerns matters in the private sphere such as marriage, divorce, alimony, and inheritance. Hence, situating this subject at the heart of this issue is an attempt to draw attention to its centrality in political discourse, and to assert that it is not possible to understand the nature of the state, law, and society, and to grasp basic notions such as citizenship, identity, and nationalism, without addressing the millet system and matters of personal status laws.
The theme of the issue #60th of the Israeli Affairs Journal is the Israeli Literary Scene in the new millennium. The issue incorporates five articles.
In his opening and central article, Eric Glasner—who is a notable literary critic—review the literary scene in Israel in recent years, and indicates three main observations he makes in the literary scene: the first is the significant rise in the writing ofa utobiographies in Israeli literature. The second is the popularity of historical novels. The third is the writing of biographies. The article then offers an analysis of the causes of this transformation,which allude to internal causes that are related to the practice of literature and to other reasons that pertain to the general socio-political context.
This volume of the Israeli affairs revolves around “the Judicial System in Israel”. The materials of the theme monitor judicial institutions that occupy a central and vital role in the legal and judicial arenas in Israel. The High Court of Justices the most important of all, since it has power to monitor the legislations of the Knesset and the work of the government; meaning that it’s eligible for revising the laws issued by the Knesset, and examining their consistency with the basic laws that act as the constitution of the state. By this, it is a constitutional court that is capable of revising the decisions of the government, and that makes it an administrative court at the same time.