Rivals to Zionism
While Theodor Herzl captures the imagination of many Jews, Zionism also vies with competing ideas. Perhaps the most powerful alternative is assimilation – complete disappearance within the surrounding cultures. There are also those who don’t want to completely assimilate but wish Judaism to be seen only as a religion, without territorial ties. Socialism too exerts a strong appeal and pits itself against Zionism. Finally, there are Orthodox Jews, many of whom view Zionism as an affront, a secular trap for the unwary.
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