By Ben Halpern
Chaim Weizmann, steeped within the folks tradition of the East ecu shtetl and the humanistic technology of primary and Western Europe, used to be the ambassador of the Jewish humans to the English-speaking global. Louis D. Brandeis, nevertheless, was once often called the genuine exponent of Anglo-American civic tradition who gave his management at a serious second to the yankee and international Jewish neighborhood. A conflict of Heroes stories the clash among those dominant personalities, each one of whom has been hailed by way of dedicated fans because the hero of an important period in fresh Jewish heritage. Halpern units the assembly, collaboration, and sharp clash among those males opposed to the transferring heritage of a global at struggle and the shaky travail of revolution and reconstruction within the early twentieth century. via a comparability of 2 exemplary figures in Jewish management, Halpern paints a captivating portrait of 20th-century Zionism and illuminates the advanced relationships among leaders and the general public and among Jewish nationalism and its prolonged setting.
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So, having reached a dead end in Geneva and with his Jewish and Zionist worlds lying in shambles about him, Weizmann set out to the West, hoping to build both worlds and his personal life anew. Retreat to Manchester Weizmann's memoirs describe his "flight to England" as a "deliberate and desperate" step, taken to ensure his endangered future. He implies that he had resolved to suspend his Zionist activities in order to devote undivided attention to science and his academic career. Yet, his letters from Paris and London in July 1904 were filled with accounts of political activity.
In May 1903, shortly after the Kishinev pogrom shook all Jewry, Weizmann, in his own and Feiwel's name, wrote a lengthy appeal to Herzl for "united effort," detailing the contributions the "young Zionists" were making and could make if not driven into the opposition. The modern-minded youth they represented were uniquely fitted to accomplish the central immediate task: to implant in the growing communities of the West the spirit of East European Jewish nationalism. " Buber, who had similar correspondence with Herzl at the time, left his editorial post at Die Welt.
Buber, who had similar correspondence with Herzl at the time, left his editorial post at Die Welt. 30 Weizmann's Zionist views at the time bespoke an urge for practical, effective action wherever an immediate possibility existed rather than any longrange theory. The Jewish university-institute that he proposed was conceived as a response to the pressing need of the general Russian-Jewish student population. ," and to press the non-Zionist Jewish Colonization Association (ICA) to support it. 31 So, too, his opposition to Herzl's single-mindedly political Zionism did not make him, like Ahad Ha'am, an equally single-minded cultural Zionist or an apolitical supporter of small-scale colonization along the old lines.
A Clash of Heroes: Brandeis, Weizmann, and American Zionism (Studies in Jewish History) by Ben Halpern