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What Is A Jewish State

Before one can talk intelligently about a Jewish state, we need to define the modern concept of the “state” as well as the term “Jewish.”

A. Definitions

1. The modern concept of the state originates with Machiavelli. The state is solely a product of human will. It is the supreme source of power, the power to make and execute the laws governing men. Hence the idea of the sovereign state excludes any authority above the state. But then the idea of a Jewish state is a contradiction in terms, for in Judaism God is the ultimate source of authority.

2. Judaism rejects the notion of the sovereign state. » Continue reading “What Is A Jewish State”

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