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Essay 1-Theodore Herzl and Asher Ginsberg DebateUpon a debate between Theodore Herzl and Asher Ginsberg regarding The Jewish Question one would witness two of the most extreme sets of beliefs in Zionism In one corner Herzl who dedicated his life for a Jewish homeland would have described with great optimism his dream of the Jewish homeland he wrote about in The Jewish State and Altneuland His plight might appear nave and wishful but they would be argued with the confidence and spirit someone with his intentions would need to have The world needs the Jewish State therefor it will arise Hertzberg206 These are the words of a man who is dedicated to Zionism On the other side of the contest would be the realistically sobering commentary of Asher Ginsberg also known as Ahad Haam The two scholars differ behind the kind of homeland each wants as a Jewish State Herzl is aiming at forming a state where Jews can escape Anti-Semitism and create a great state The Maccabees shall rise again We shall live at last as freemen Hertzberg 225 Ahad Haam on the other hand is looking for a spiritual homeland to set an example for Jews around the world This Jewish Settlement which will be a gradual growth will become in course the center of a nation Then from this center the spirit of Judaism will radiate to the great circumference to all the communities of the Diaspora top inspire them with new life and to preserve the overall unity of our people Hertzberg 267 While both men are trying to unite their people the biggest difference would be best described by Ahad Haam when he writes to establish a State there-one which will be not merely a State of Jews but a really Jewish State Hertzberg 267 This is to say Ahad Haam is striving for a really Jewish State and Herzl is looking to form a State of Jews One of
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