An Ode to Ambivalence

By Daniel Gordis

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), May 2004

The author argues that Judaism's celebration of multiple perspectives, ambiguity and ambivalence has largely been lost in Israeli life and in a discussion of the state. The current settlement debate is about different sorts of love, each legitimate and critical: Love of the Land and Love of the State; we can have either part of the Land, and with it, the State, or we can try to hold on to all the Land, then lose the State, and lose the Land, too. The author urges that accepting "some" requires compromise and ambivalence.

Topic: Statehood, Israeli Settlements, Discourse and Dialogue, Zionism

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

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.34/no.611

Page Number(s): 8

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Gordis, Daniel. An Ode to Ambivalence. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). May 2004: 8.


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