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Who are Zionists?

by Rabbi Simcha Bart

  

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Historically:

'Zion' is another name (used very often in the Torah) for the Holy Land of Israel, which was given as a gift from G-d to the Jewish People. It serves eternally as the Jewish homeland, the location for the Holy Temple (may it be rebuilt speedily in our days), a key ingredient in myriads of Jewish laws, and the subject of many prayers.

Since every Jew has an intrinsic connection with the Holy Land, one can say that every Jew is in essence a Zionist.

Modern Zionists:

In modern times 'Zionism' has come to refer to a movement started in the late 19th century, which professed to return Jewish people to the land of Israel and to establish on its soil a state for Jews. In common use of the word today, 'Zionists' are supporters or members of that movement.


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Torah
Torah is G–d’s teaching to man. In general terms, we refer to the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah.” But in truth, all Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah.
Temple
1. Usually a reference to the Holy Temple which was/will be situated in Jerusalem. 1st Temple was built in 825 BCE and was destroyed in 423 BCE. The 2nd Temple was built in 350 BCE and was destroyed in 70 CE. The 3rd Temple will be built by the Messiah. 2. A synagogue.
G-d
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.