On This Day In Messianic Jewish History


The debate about who killed Arlosoroff and why continues to this day. The fact remains that the nascent State of Israel lost one of its most far-sighted and realistic political thinkers. Had he lived, a more humane Zionism typified by Ahad Ha’am, Hannah Arendt and Martin Buber might have led to a very different political landscape to that in which contemporary Israel is situated today. Can Messianic Jews provide an alternative?


Haim Arlosoroff (sitting, center) at a meeting with Arab leaders at the King David Hotel, Jerusalem, 1933. Also pictured are Chaim Weizmann (to Arlosoroff’s right), Moshe Shertok (Sharett) (standing, right) and Yitzhak Ben-Zvi(standing, to Shertok’s right).

From The Tablet

Eighty years ago this month, Haim Arlosoroff, one of the most prominent leaders of the pre-state Jewish community in Palestine, was murdered on the beach in Tel Aviv. The crime remains unsolved and has spawned any number of…

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