chapter  6
23 Pages

The Attitude Towards the State in Modern Jewish Thought Before Zionism

WithEliezer Schweid

Those who study the history of the Jewish people generally assume that the transition from the political order of the Middle Ages to that of modern times and the expansion of the role of the modern state, which is characterized by state centralization and its sovereignty over all areas (including religious institutions), are primarily what distinguish the modern era. Hence, it is not surprising that the proper role of the state and its influence on society and culture have represented a central problem for modern Jewish thought from its inception.