Talkback, eljay, RoHa, , oldgeezer, LP,
First of all, I may have been unclear or misunderstood in my reference to “significant contributions to Jewish culture and religious life”. I was referring to those contributions which were produced by the Jews present in the country between, say, the destruction of the 2nd Temple and the rise of modern Zionism. A few examples:
• The Mishna , redacted by R. Judah Hannassi around 200 CE.
• The Jerusalem Talmud, redacted around 400 CE.
• Development of Hebrew grammar (the vowel system still used today) by R. Aaron ben Moses ben Asher, Tiberias, 10th Century.
• Codification of Jewish law in the Shulhan Arukh, by R.Joseph Karo, Safed, 16th Century
• Foundations of Jewish mysticism – R.Isaac Lurie (the “ARI”), Jerusalem and Safed, 16th Century
And what would Sabbath evening services be like without “Lekha Dodi”, composed by R. Shlomo Elkabetz (also in 16th Century Safed!)
The horrible attempts to invent absurd distinctions between those Jews who came before the British Mandate or after the Mandate, before modern Zionism or after -and their descendants – are simply obscene, and also out of touch with reality. There are 9 million people in Israel, some born here, some not, with an infinite number of variations. My wife, for example is 4th generation native-born from her father’s side, her mother is a Holocaust survivor. Would she pass your “selection”?
My grandson’s grandparents are: 1.4th generation native born, 2.born in the USA, 3.born in Tunisia, 4.born here, Tripolitanian origin.
This is the Jewish homeland and no Jew is an invader here, whether descended from Jews who came in the 16th Century (like the aforementioned Karo and Elkabetz),or in the 19th Century,or in the 20th Century or last Tuesday.
The Jews are here to stay, the Palestinians are here to stay, and it’s their homeland, too. Our focus should be on finding a way to live together in peace and not creating absurd categories of those who are “invaders” and those who are not.