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The Jewish People and the Kingdom of Heaven: A Study of Jewish Theocracy

WithElla Belfer

In the present chapter I shall examine one aspect of the Jewish political tradition, namely, the dimension of metaphysical sanctity within the political system. Through a structural review of Jewish history I hope to demonstrate the continued interaction between the heavenly and the earthly in the Jewish political conception.1 The recognition of the existence of such a continuity will help us to understand the fundamental problems of the Jewish polity in general, and the Israeli polity in particular, not as independent phenomena but as a single edifice whose basic structure is the dialectic encounter between these two components.2