Menachem Begin's Covenantal Zionism

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

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

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

Observation
May 22 2020
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.


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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