The Ultra-Orthodox World's Non-Zionist Zionist Revolution

Even as mainstream American Jews have become more skeptical of Israel, another group is quietly shedding its long-held reluctance to embrace the Jewish state.

June 30, 2020 | Batsheva Neuer
About the author: Batsheva Neuer is a writer and teacher of Jewish thought living in New York City. Her work has appeared in publications including the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

Two Jewish men in Jerusalem on May 13, 2018. MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images.

Over the last fifteen years, mainstream American Jews have moved famously leftward on Israel. Some have dropped out of Zionism altogether; others have attempted to redefine what it means to be Zionist so as to include a healthy—at times too healthy—dose of criticism for the Jewish state.

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