Th,j,umal ofjewi,hThOllgh,.ndPhil",phy. Vol. lO.pp. 27-55 © 2000 ReprintS available directly from the publisher Photocopying permitted by license only On Yeshayahu Leibowitz's Use of Religious Terminology Hannah Kasher Bar-Ilan University It is a commonplace that a person's views may change in the course of his or her life, in which case that person may try to offer a forced explanation for the change or even to deny its existence. A conspicu- ous example of this situation may be found in Yeshayahu Leibowitz's understanding of the term "religion" (Heb. dat) and terms derived from it, when applied to Zionist] ews as against other] ews. In 1943, he wrote the following: Here is the true significance of the commonly used term [religious = dati], which few people understand in its full depth: "The National Religious move- ment" or "The Religious Zionist movement" ... This is almost an innovation in the very concept of "religion." Religion is given a different meaning in reli- gious Zionism ... It is no longer the same religion as that of non-Zionist Jews. According to our perception, religion extends over areas and problems which, as they feel- or, perhaps, as they understand - are not subject to
The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2001
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