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Cultural Zionism
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Cultural Zionism (or, according to the Hebrew expression, tsiyonut ruḥanit, "spiritual Zionism") denotes a concept of Judaism which is primarily characterized by ethical and spiritual rather than religious or political motives. As one of the main Zionist currents, the cultural Zionist doctrine is particularly associated with the Russian-Jewish essayist Aḥad Ha-Am (Hebrew for "one from the people," actually Asher Ginzberg, 1856-1927). Aḥad Ha-Am is considered a pioneer of modern Hebrew (Literature) and was a s…

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Mendes-Flohr, Paul, “Cultural Zionism”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0433>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401

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