The two centers of Jewish life – Israel and Diaspora – have introduced complicated expressions of Jewish power in the modern era. Both communities and their use of power are responses to and byproducts of recent history.
The Holocaust, anti-Semitism, assimilation, and Zionism have all shaped Jewish power within the United States as well as around the world. Jewish politics, in the modern world, means both a comfort with power — hard and soft — and the rejection of the myth that we as a people are purer outside politics.
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