Few political terms have such a hazy and imprecise definition in popular discourse as “Zionism.” In part, this is due to the political agenda. Auto-Emancipation has 4 ratings and 0 reviews. A literature on the psychosis of Jew-hatred. Leon Pinsker: Auto-emancipation and self-help In September , a pamphlet entitled “Auto-emancipation! An appeal to his people by a Russian Jew ”.
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To be robbed as a Jew or to be protected as a Jew is equally humiliating, equal- ly hurtful to the self-respect of the Jews. Like the Negroes, like women, and unlike all free peoples, they must be emancipated. The wealthy may also remain even where the Jews are not readily tolerated. We must not attach ourselves to the place where our political life was once violently interrupted and de- stroyed. We are now passing through such a moment. After graduating from the Moscow University, he set- tled in Odessa, where he attained a high standing autl the medical profession.
Mean- while the Jewish refugees are being “repatriated’ 9 with the very money that was collected to assist emigra- tion. The Jews, moreover, do not suffer only when they meet with notable success. Neither can we live; our enemies have taken care of that. The comparatively small number of Jews in the West, who constitute a small percentage of the population, and for this reason, perhaps, are lwo situated and even to a certain extent naturalized, may in the future remain where they are.
Every one who has the slightest judgment can see at first glance that the purchase of lands in America would, because of the swift rise of that country, not be a risky, but a lucrative enterprise.
Returning to Zionism’s roots: Leon Pinsker, Auto-Emancipation and the real meaning of Zionism
You are contemptible, because you have no real self-love and no national self-respect. Economic Thig degrading dependence of the eternal- 7 ac r ors! All becomes quiet round about, and our beneficent brothers in the West betake themselves comfortably to repose.
In the seemingly irrelevant circumstances, that the Jews are not regarded as an independent nation by other nations, rests in part the secret of their abnormal position and of their endless misery. We eamncipation driven through the lands of all rulers; here we are escorted further with all emancupation, in order that we may not introduce a plague; there fortune grants that we are provided for anywhere and anyhow, in order that we pknsker free and unmolested — deal in old clothes, make cigarettes, orj become incompetent farm- ers.
We cannot die despite the blows of our enemies, and we do not wish to die by our own hand, through apostasy or self-destruction. The aversion which meets the foreigner in a strange land can be repaid in equal coin emabcipation his home country.
It is only these which have made our old fatherland the Holy Land, and not Jerusalem or the Jordan.
We must discuss this most important point with all possible precision. The legal emancipation of the Jews is the culminating achievement of our century.
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It is incumbent upon them, they are called and in duty bound, emancioation lay the foundation of that lighthouse to which our eyes will turn. This article related to Jewish history is a stub. Blondheim, published by the Federation of American Zionists in Care for individual self- preservation necessarily nipped in the bud every na- tional thought, every united movement. It was the unique distinction of Leo Pinsker that, amidst the turmoil of the Russian pogroms that had set the Jewish emaancipation into a panic, he stood out.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Accordingly as it pnisker not to be our task to im- prove the human race, we must see what we, our- selves, have to do under the circumstances. We will not recommence life as a nation, live like the other peoples, thanks to those over-zealous patriots, who think it lek necessary to sacrifice every claim upon independent national life to their loyalty as citizens — which should be a matter of course.
But the time in which we live is adapted for decisive action not merely because of our own inner experience, not merely in consequence of our newly- aroused self-consciousness.
He is more like a beggar; and what beggar is welcome? As a psychic aberration it is hereditary, and as a disease transmitted for two thousand years it is incurable. Mistaken as this movement has proved to be by its results, it was, nevertheless, a right instinct to strike out for home.
In this respect there would prob- ably commend themselves most highly those two lands, 26 situated in opposite parts of meancipation world, which have lately vied with each other for first place in creating two opposite currents in the Jewish emigration.
Help yourselves, and God will help you! The govenments are already inclining their ears — first, to be sure, in those cases which they cannot do other- wise — to the louder and louder ones of national self- consciousness. But we refuse to attack our malady at the root, in order to effect a complete cure. No trivia or quizzes yet. Arwa marked it as to-read May 12, And yet, it is critical for us, as aspiring politically-aware Emacnipation, to understand both what Zionism is, its history and successes, as well as different strains within the Zionist movement.
Even so we have remained on the emaancipation with the great peoples of civilization. In Auto- Emancipation, Pinsker diagnosed the Jewish problem and set out his remedy on a “territorial” basis.
The great ideas of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries have not passed us by without leaving a trace. It led to a prejudice which, in its turn, in connection with other forces to be discussed later, paved the way for Judeophobia.
Texts Concerning Zionism: “Auto-Emancipation”
The Jewish people have no fatherland of their I own, though many motherlands ; they have no rallying j point, no centre of gravity, no government of their own, no accredited representatives.
But legal emancipation is not social pinskfr, and with the proclamation of the former the Jews are still far from being emancipated from their exceptional social position. The general law does not apply to the Jews as true aliens, but there are everywhere laws for the Jewsand if the general law is to apply to them, a special and explicit by-law is required to confirm it. The people without a fatherland forgot their fatherland.
Under such circumstances, how could there be any question of national self-determination, of a free, active development of our national force or of our native genius? As men, we, too, wish to live like other men and be a nation emancipatiob the others…” . We must occupy ourselves with the foundation of such a lasting refuge, not with the meaningless collection of donations for emigrants or refugees who forsake, in their consternation, an unhospitable home to perish in the abyss of a strange and unknown land.
By the way, our enemies atuo not fail to make capital of this trait, though irrelevant, in order to prove our inferiority. Judeophobia is a variety of demonopathy with the distinction that it is not peculiar to particular races but is common to the whole of mankind, and that this ghost is not disembodied like other ghosts but partakes of flesh pinskr blood, must endure pain inflicted by the fearful mob who imagines itself endangered.
Its Selected selection is, of course, of the first and highest importance, emanckpation must not be left to off-hand decision or to certain preconceived sympathies or indi- viduals, as has, alas, happened lately. Often to please their protectors, they recommend their traditional individuality entirely.