Hastening Redemption: Messianism and the Resettlement of the Land of Israel

Hardcover | May 15, 2007

byArie MorgensternTranslated byJoel A. Linsider

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Accounts of the history of Zionism usually trace its origins to the late nineteenth century. In this groundbreaking book, Arie Morgenstern argues that its roots go back even further. Morgenstern argues compellingly that the Jewish community in Israel may be traced back to a large-scale wave of immigration during the first half of the nineteenth century. Inspired by an expectation for the coming of the Messiah in the year 1840, thousands of Jews from throughout the OttomanEmpire, North Africa, and Eastern Europe relocated to Jerusalem. Morgenstern describes the messianic awakening in all these lands but focuses primarily on the concept of redemption through messianic activism that prevailed among the disciples of Rabbi Elijah, the Ga'on of Vilna. These immigrantsbelieved that the Messiah's arrival would bring about the redemption of the Jews, but also that, in order for this redemption to come about, they needed to prepare the way for the Messiah by fulfilling the commandment to dwell in the land of Israel. Morgenstern offers a dramatic account of theirrelocation, their efforts to renew rabbinic ordination, their reestablishment of the Ashkenazi community, and the building of Jerusalem. He also explores the crisis of faith that followed the Messiah's failure to appear as expected, and its effects on the community. Drawing on a wealth of previously untapped sources, Morgenstern sheds important new light on the history of messianic Judaism and on the ideological trends that preceded, and eventually gave birth to, modern political Zionism.

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Accounts of the history of Zionism usually trace its origins to the late nineteenth century. In this groundbreaking book, Arie Morgenstern argues that its roots go back even further. Morgenstern argues compellingly that the Jewish community in Israel may be traced back to a large-scale wave of immigration during the first half of the n...

Arie Morgenstern served 20 years as an advisor for the teaching of History at the Ministry of Education in Israel. During this time, he received his Ph.D. in Modern Jewish History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research specialties include Messianic movements in the 18th and 19th centuries. He is the author of five books...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 6.3 × 9.21 × 1.18 inPublished:May 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"This book is a major contribution to both the history of Jewish messianism and the history of pre-Zionist Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel. Its dramatic, lucid, and learned account of those who, believing that the redemption would begin in 1840, undertook to facilitate this redemptionthrough their actions has fascinating parallels with the nexus between messianic hope and settlement policy in our own time."--Marc Saperstein, Editor of Essential Papers on Messianic Movements and Personalities in Jewish History