The New Tribes of Israel & a New Virtual Jewish State
A new vision of global Jewish unity – The New Tribes of Israel & the New Virtual Jewish State
What if a Jewish state existed in the virtual space?
What if the Jews of the world were united around the tribes of Israel ethos and vision?
What if we adopted the 18 ‘חי’ Jewish Sustainable Goals?
The Ten New Tribes of Israel – A New Viewpoint
The major events in the life of the Jewish people in the 20th century re-energized the search for the 10 lost tribes. Increased immigration and dispersal of Jews in all corners of the world, the Holocaust, the establishment of the State of Israel and the great ingathering of the exiles – many (Jews and non-Jews) see all these stages as a divine plan for the salvation of the people. The dispersion of the Jewish people in the Diaspora has changed over the years. The major centers have moved to Spain, to Europe, and the center of Israel has remained small throughout the generations, but the one that holds the essential connection between the people of Israel and the land of Israel. The Zionist movement and then the establishment of the State of Israel changed the Jewish map, the center of Israeli land soon grew and became the great center and held the connection between the people and the land and between the people and themselves. And it seems that during the first decades of the state this division was acceptable to most of the Jewish people in the Diaspora. The Jewish Center is located in Eretz Israel, while the communities in the Diaspora are engaged in cultivating and maintaining the community but the eye is on Zionism. Recent years have seen a break in this perception, especially in communities in the United States. There are too many gaps between the State of Israel and these communities. The State of Israel is working against the various streams that constitute the significant mass of the US communities, but the Western Wall is just one example but joining it – failure to recognize streams of conversion and political criticism of the occupation, treatment of Palestinians and refugees and more. The time has come, we need a new Zionist paradigm that transcends Above our differences of opinion. Even today, as in ancient times, common goals must be found and adopted if one wants to ensure the unity of the Jewish people and lay the foundations for the future of this important relationship,
Therefore, I call upon you in the spirit of a unity discourse, and offering a new vision that resurrects the tribes of Israel, the division is geographically in global view what solves the problem of identity. We are all members of the same nation. Each tribe with its own unique traits. Commitment to democracy and the challenges shared by Israeli and world Jews can serve as a unifying force to ensure that key communities among the ten new tribes continue to grow and prosper. To achieve these lofty goals, we need leaders, from all corners, who are ready to initiate policies and establish the infrastructure necessary for the prosperity of the Jewish people in the 21st century. I believe we are ready to face the challenge. If we believe in the unity of the Jewish people and the role we all play in the nascent Jewish story, we must adopt thinking directions that express that direction. We live in an unprecedented era in which there are two powerful and vital centers in the Jewish people, and until we are confronted with the theological implications of this reality we must do everything we can to maintain the connection between the different parts of the people. We must do this in all walks of life – public, personal, cultural and liturgical (religious ceremonies). We must do this in order to continue the discourse. The time has come to write the next chapter of Zionism. Reviving the idea of the tribes of Israel and maintaining a close relationship between Israel and world Jewry is our mission.
The ten new Israeli tribes in the virtual ‘State of the Jews’ space according to the following distribution:
- The Ten New Tribes of Israel – a new perspective
- Who is a Jew
- Jewish nationality
- 21st Century Judaism
- Streams in Judaism – President Rivlin’s Four Tribes Speech
- References that strengthen the vision of the ten new tribes of Israel by the Jewish Peoplehood Education Center
Who is a Jew (Wikipedia source)
The question “Who is a Jew” is in dispute in religious, political, legal and social discourse. Judaism is defined as religion, as a nation, as an ethnic group, and as a culture. In the State of Israel, being a Jewish person also has a legal status.
Although Jewish religion is the foremost cultural feature of Jewish ethnicity, yet, even according to Jewish law, belief in Jewish religion or observance of Jewish customs is not a mandatory condition for being Jewish. For example, there are people who define themselves as “secular Jews”, “free Jews” or atheists, but they are defined as Jewish in terms of Halacha. According to Halacha, every descendant of a Jewish mother, even a Jew who explicitly declared a conversion, as well as any person who converted, is a Jew.
The more important question is – who will be a Jew?
In his book “Exile and Estrangement”, Ezekiel Kaufman identifies three national natural elements:
One, common ground: National ties are like extended family ties. People are born as nationals. The basic fact about an ethnic group is that the marrying and procreation within the group expands it.
The second, common language: The language in the context of the ethnic group constitutes an initial natural element.
The third, Nahalat Avot: a piece of land that is the homeland and property of the nation. Each member of the nation has a sense of ownership of the common inheritance. This is most often reflected in the simple fact that the people, the tongue and the homeland are called by the same name, for example, the English language English people and England is their homeland. Similarly, every Jew is aware that Abraham is the father of the nation, that Hebrew is his language and that the Land of Israel is the inheritance of the nation.
So far, in order to secure the Jewish future, the twentieth-century imperative for the Jewish people has been the Zionist project: to establish and build a strong, secure and prosperous Jewish democratic state in the Land of Israel. Israel has become the “project of the Jewish people”. As events of the first half of the 20th century were revealed, a broad consensus was built among Jews wherever they were and across the Jewish spectrum – regarding the country’s existential need for the Jewish people to be safe from anti-Semitism and persecution.
The State of Israel has existed for more than three generations since its inception and although it could be expected that the establishment of the state would capture the Jewish people around Jerusalem and the Land of Israel in the sense of consciousness, there seem to be many Jewish communities around the world who prefer to follow the Jewish tradition in closed tribal lifestyles regardless of the Jewish people in the land of Israel and detached from the rest of the Jewish communities in the world.
In the three national factors I listed above, the common inheritance is central, but the common origin and language are more essential to the formulation of nationalism. Koifman writes in his book that “the tongue and blood partnership can only be formed for many generations and many generations of life partners” – A Nation is not born in a single moment below the mountain and for a specific occasion, nations are not even born, they form a long process of generations that strengthens The vision of the new tribes of Israel and of the virtual Jewish state and our commitment as Jews to be one nation – the Jewish Nation.
Judaism in the 21st Century
The crisis and the gaps are growing between world Jewry and the State of Israel, so it is important to unite the Jewish people wherever they are. The basic principles are:
- Israel is much more than just politics and religion. To the State of Israel, the highest ideological value, the connection to the land, through the history of the Jewish people, proved that Judaism is not just a religion but a Nation. We are the “Jewish people” and our right here is on the Holy Land and Israel is the state where the Jewish people enjoy their right to self-determination.
- Peoplehood is the founding and binding ideal of world Jewry and Israel.
- Israel and world Jewry are equal centers in their importance to Jewish destiny.
- Vibrant distribution is a Zionist interest.
- The virtual space is of utmost importance in realizing Zionist and Jewish goals such as Tikun Olam, the vision of the Promised Land, the Hereafter, the salvation of the people, the building of the Temple, the coming of Messiah and more.
Streams in Judaism – President Rivlin’s Four Tribes Speech
On the anniversary of his term, President Rivlin made a speech in which he expressed his view of changing Israeli society. This speech is the ideal platform for the president’s vision of Israeli society as well as the practical basis for the Israeli hope work program. At the end of the second year of his presidency, the President made a speech in which he said that establishing the partnership between the various sectors given the “New Israeli Order” is a process that requires us today to make institutional changes and deep systemic coping. In his remarks, the president pointed to four engines of change, four essential systems for creating a partnership that can pave the way for Israeli society over time, for a shared Israeli hope: the public service system; The field of academia and work; The regional partnership between the heads of local authorities from various sectors reflected in the regional clusters; And education.
Demographic and cultural processes have reshaped Israeli society in recent decades: from a society consisting of a clear majority and a minority, to a society made up of four major sectors or “tribes” that approach each other in size: secular, national-religious, ultra-Orthodox and Arab.
President Rivlin’s tribal speech brought back to the public discourse the idea of the various tribes that make up Israeli society. Here I reveal to you a new vision of world Jewish unity that includes the resuscitation of the idea of the tribes of Israel.
Nowadays, we have a great deal of difficulty in understanding how humanity is headed in general, Israeli society and the Jewish people in particular. The changing demographics of the modern world are undoubtedly one of the most profound changes affecting countries, systems of government and justice, and sectors and societies today. Who will be a Jew? ; Who will be a Zionist? ; Who will be religious? What will be the State of Israel’s role for the Jewish people? ; What kind of new relationship will the people in Israel have with world Jewry? And can we maintain unity – not uniformity?
Who will be a Jew?
Who will be a Zionist?
Who will be religious?
References reinforcing the vision of the ten new tribes of Israel by the Jewish Peoplehood Education Center.
“The two largest pillars of the Jewish People, Israeli and North American Jewry, have a special responsibility to not only continue to evolve and adapt in their own context, but to do so in a manner that strengthens and furthers the notion of being part of the Jewish People more broadly… Israeli and World Jewry have a collective interest in and responsibility for the success of the 21st century Jewish Peoplehood project. This will ensure that Jews wherever they are, whether they move to Israel, from Israel or across world communities, will want to be and can be part of the Jewish People.
We are a people of ongoing adaptation. Looking to 2048, adapting our communities (in and outside of Israel) and the nature of the Jewish People to the 21st century is the adaptation of our time. We are all in this together.” – Sanford Antignas
“This is about unity, not uniformity.” – Zack Bodner
“If we succeed in expanding our circles in Israel and throughout the Jewish world with sensitivity, inclusiveness, and openness to new voices and ideas, and especially if we succeed in working together with mutual responsibility in aiding each other’s efforts, we can collectively reach success. The miracle of the establishment of the state of Israel; the wonder of the rebirth of the Hebrew language and culture; the long golden age of North American Jewry; the prosperity of Israel despite its many challenges; and the important phenomena of Jewish pluralistic renewal and feminism in Israel and the Jewish world; all these prove that despair and weakness of spirit have never been a successful plan of action. History belongs to those who combine study and action, and especially to those fortified with hope and patience.” – Gilad Kariv
“In essence, the problem is not the effect of losing your best soldiers to defend you in the delegitimization fight. The problem is that if you have lost the support of these soldiers, you have lost the larger premise that you are defending. Because if your claim to international legitimacy embodies a vision of a nation-state for the Jewish people and your commitment to serve as such, and if the Jewish people do not broadly identify you as their nation-state, you will need to find a new mandate and to re-negotiate the fundamentals of your global engagement. This is the ‘iceberg legitimacy crisis’ looming menacingly in existential depths while peaks of Jewish vulnerability to BDS and anti-Israel campaign reveal its scope.” – Daphna Kaufman
“How do those changes impact 21st Century Zionism? The most important thing to understand is that just like Peoplehood has been shifting from issues of connectivity, joint responsibility and solidarity, towards the exploration of purpose, meaning and vision, so should Zionism. Questions of the meaning and purpose of Zionism in the 21st century need to be addressed if it is to remain vital and continue to thrive. Exploring what should be its current ethos and what should be the unique values and features of the State of the Jewish people, are the order of the day. Those questions need to become an integral part of the 21st century joint conversation of Israelis and world Jews.” – Shlomi Ravid
“One of the foundations of the ideal of Peoplehood is the focus on the nature of emotional and social connections between Jews regardless of any dominant ideology, which highlights a common destiny and the shared kinship.” – Eran Shayshon
Imagine a Jewish society characterized by community, cultural and spiritual diversity: Thousands of diverse, contained, accessible and open Jewish communities are led in harmony by the leadership of professional, contained, multifaceted, dynamic and open Jewish spiritual leadership. Imagine an accessible Jewish society that even supports and encourages the establishment, development and prosperity of Jewish diversity, which allows citizens to easily choose the most appropriate and meaningful way for them to live a meaningful Jewish life in the virtual world. Imagine a diverse Jewish society that is open to Diaspora Jewry and maintains a continuous and meaningful relationship with overseas communities. Imagine Jews from all over the world participating in this Jewish effort. Learn, celebrate, create, fix the world, write and think together. Our hopes have not yet been lost.
The virtual space is part of our lives and is increasingly taking up our time, VR Virtual and Augmented realities, tribal crypto-currencies and more … Think what if there is another space that will allow us to uphold our Jewish identity, keep the Sabbath, celebrate the holidays and tradition, debate, argue and raise questions, establish schools, beit midrash, to trade and even allow a steady basic income for all, whreas all commit to working for ‘Tikun Olam’, connect and inspire the world. “If you want it is not a fairy tale,” Herzl said, as well as Ben Gurion’s vision of settlement of the Negev, I will soon present, in a subsequent article, the vision of the virtual Jewish state and the JDG’s – Jewish Development Goals of sustainability for the sake of world repair and for future generations, a new ethos of unity inspired by global sustainability goals – the SDGs.
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When we connect together, create networks of human concern for the future, we will find the strength and wisdom needed to create a better future for all.
Raising humanity on a new path,
It all starts with us!
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