What Would Ahad Ha'am Think about Israel Today? https://mosaicmagazine.com/response/israel-zionism/2016/10/what-would-ahad-haam-think-about-israel-today/

He would likely share more with young men sporting knitted kippot and young women in long skirts than with any other sizable group on the Israeli scene.

October 10, 2016 | Allan Arkush
About the author: Allan Arkush is the senior contributing editor of the Jewish Review of Books and professor of Judaic studies and history at Binghamton University.
This is a response to What Ahad Ha'am Saw and Herzl Missed—and Vice Versa, originally published in Mosaic in October 2016

Knitted kippot at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem. Sophie Gordon / Flash90.

At the beginning of his superb essay on Ahad Ha’am, Hillel Halkin cites his protagonist’s savage takedown of Altneuland, a futuristic 1902 novel by Theodor Herzl—by, that is to say, Ahad Ha’am’s successful rival for leadership of the Zionist movement. The novel imagines the marvels a traveler would find upon visiting a utopian Jewish-state-to-be. Halkin characterizes Ahad Ha’am’s “caustic” treatment of Altneuland as “the most contentious Jewish book review of the century.”

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