Menachem Begin's Covenantal Zionism

What Begin’s 1972 elegy for the diaspora reveals about a worldview unique among Israel’s founders.

May 22, 2020 | Meir Soloveichik
About the author: Meir Soloveichik is the rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel in New York and director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University.

Menachem Begin lighting Hanukkah candles in St John’s Wood Synagogue, London on December 1, 1977. Saar Yaacov/Government Press Office.

This essay by Meir Soloveichik is, in part, a commentary on a speech that Menachem Begin gave in 1972. Mosaic published the first English translation of the speech in May 2020.

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