Mashiah -- Not Now, Not Ever

By David Lazar

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), May 2002

The author describes his earlier position as a young settler in Gaza, feeling uncomfortable with his comparative riches but "knowing" that he had a God-given right to live and work in that land; at the time, he felt that it was just a matter of holding on long enough for the messiah to come and making ourselves worthy of his coming. He now argues that there is but one place where Jews can find refuge, Hebrew culture can thrive, and where the great experiment can be held in which Judaism and democracy serve as a basis for a just society. We would do well to look less, however, toward the messiah and more into the eyes of those around us.

Topic: Theology, Communal Responsibility, Democracy, Messianism, Ideology

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.32/no.591

Page Number(s): 13

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Lazar, David. Mashiah -- Not Now, Not Ever. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). May 2002: 13.


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