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Defining Religious Zionism as Religious Nationalism

The following is an attempt at defining the concept of Religious Zionism as a religious nationalism. I choose to write Religious Zionism with capital letters and not for example as “religious Zionism”, since I believe that we are dealing with a nationalist movement different from the non-religious Zionist movement.

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Praying for the Jewish State – Hallel on Yom HaAtzmaut

Hallel is a prayer, which is only prayed on very specific days during the Jewish religious year. Yet we see attempts by the religious-Zionist movements to have the prayer said on a day, which is otherwise without religious significance. Here I present a short introduction to the attempt to infuse religious significance to an otherwise secular day.

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Praying for the Jewish State – Hallel on Yom HaAtzmaut

Hallel is a prayer, which is only prayed on very specific days during the Jewish religious year. Yet we see attempts by the religious-Zionist movements to have the prayer said on a day, which is otherwise without religious significance. Here I present a short introduction to the attempt to infuse religious significance to an otherwise secular day.

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The Israeli Independence Day as a Religious Holy Day – Yom HaAtzmaut in Religious Zionist Thought

This year’s Yom HaAtzmaut – The Israeli Independence Day – will mark Israel’s 70th ‘birthday’. Obviously, marking the day of a states foundation is not an odd thing to do. However, contrary to most states, Yom HaAtzmaut is given a special religious significance, namely by the Religious Zionist movement, which attempts to add the day to the traditional Jewish holidays, making it more than a historical event.

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Messianic Attitudes to a Jewish State – The Harbingers of Zionism

Often Zionism is seen as a monolith movement, with no nuances or differences in thought and opinion. This should become obvious for any person, who gives themselves time to read just some basic introductions on Zionism. One of the most marked differences, however, is those between the secular – or political – Zionism, and that of Religious Zionism. Even within Religious Zionism we find differences of opinions, differences which are crucial to know, for any person who wish to have a better understanding of contemporary Israeli politics, and the influence of Religious Zionism on Israeli politics, as well as on contemporary Israeli Judaism. In this and the coming articles, we will be taking a closer look at the Messianic attitudes to the Jewish state found within the Religious Zionist thought.

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