Australia & Israel: A Diasporic, Cultural and Political by Shahar Burla, Dashiel Lawrence

By Shahar Burla, Dashiel Lawrence

Australia and the country of Israel have maintained a cordial if every now and then ambiguous dating. the 2 nations are geographically remoted: strategic, fiscal, and cultural pursuits lie more and more with Asia for one, and with the USA and the eu Union for the opposite. yet for all that divides the 2 states, there's additionally a lot they proportion. Australia performed a tremendous function within the Jewish state’s institution in 1948, and is domestic to the main Zionist-centered Jewish diaspora globally. Jewishness for many Australian Jews has been formed and outlined by way of engagement with and help for Israel. on the middle of this engagement is a small yet thriving Israeli neighborhood in the better multicultural Australia. Australia and Israel: A Diasporic, Cultural and Political Relationship attracts recognition to the real historic and modern nexus among this diaspora and its imagined fatherland. the gathering additionally considers the ways that those states mobilize nationwide myths and proportion environmental demanding situations. It illuminates the multifaceted and intricate photo of 2 very diverse international locations that however percentage an abiding connection.

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47 Alex Fein, interview with author, January 14, 2014. html. 49 Ibid. com/about/. b and l - xx 24- index 07/05/2015 06:12 Page 31 Rewriting the Rules of Engagement ⏐ 3 1 51 Anthony Frosh, interview with author, January 9, 2014. com/; Daphne Anson, www. com/, among many others. 53 The Australian Jewish News is the only printed publication today. While it was previously published in Sydney and Melbourne, in recent years these have merged into a single national publication. It is believed that very few young Jews buy copies or maintain annual subscriptions.

The ideas were cemented by spending time in religious yeshivot and midrashot that were part of the religious-Zionist movement and were thus supportive of the Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza. The rabbis Kook paved the way for religious Jews to view the State of Israel as “the pedestal of God’s throne in the world” 44 and many of the rabbis who taught the participants on Bnei Akiva programmes were clearly inspired by the revolutionary ideas of the rabbis Kook. 45 Attendees at Harova were taught by some of their rabbis that because of the sacred nature of the Land of Israel it was not the right of the Jewish people to ‘give away’ any of the land.

The year programs not only strengthened the link between Bnei Akiva Australia and Israel but also shaped the ideology and religious character of the movement. ” 27 Their ideological platform contains no reference to any political party, nor does it articulate a position on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. While the platform indicates Bnei Akiva has shifted away from chaluztiut, it does not reveal that the movement has become increasingly influenced by the messianism of Rav Kook (Kook the Elder, 1865–1935) and his son rabbi Tzvi Yehudah Kook (Kook the Younger, 1891–1982).

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