Theodor Herzl

In 1897, the great Zionist writer Aḥad Ha’am argued that Jewish culture, not politics, was the best avenue to bring about a new Jewish state. This week’s podcast revisits his important ideas.

Aug. 20 2021 12:01AM

“There are many people with bad manners, but the Jews stand out.”

June 4 2021 12:01AM

During this summer’s riots, synagogues were vandalized and Parisians chanted “dirty Jews.”

Jake Wallis Simons
Feb. 17 2021 12:01AM

We should appreciate Theodor Herzl’s lightning-storm emergence, even if we’ll never really know what caused it.

Jan. 27 2021 12:15AM

From the soil of tsarist autocracy, no Jewish political leaders could grow. Herzl, by contrast, exuded the spirit of modern, fin-de-siècle Europe.

Jan. 25 2021 12:01AM

Though he was blessed with extraordinary charisma, Herzl was filled with inner turmoil. In Zionism, he found a calling that stabilized his fragile persona.

Jan. 11 2021 12:05AM

A young secular Viennese writer had an experience 125 years ago that would lead him to change Jewish history forever. He could never explain it. Can anyone else?

Jan. 4 2021 12:01AM

Taking stock of a great Jewish leader.

Joseph Epstein
Aug. 24 2020 12:01AM

Reading the Bible as a justification for liberty.

May 19 2020 12:01AM

From Herzl to Daniel arap Moi.

David Silverstein
March 5 2020 12:01AM

Isaac Jacob Reines.

Channa Lockshin Bob
Jan. 9 2020 12:01AM