MembersZionism: Merely a Latter-Day Phenomenon?

by Dov Chaikin

Israel – A Biblical & Historical Survey, Part IV

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This is the fourth in a series of articles by Messianic teacher Dov Chaikin looking at the biblical and historical background of Israel, the people and the Land.

Israel—the Land—has always been central to Jewish belief and to the Jewish soul; and in times of exile, an object of aspiration and prayer. The yearning to return to the land—which Zionism expressed—is probably best seen in Psalm 137:1-6:

“By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down and wept when we remembered Zion. Upon the willows in the midst of it we hung our harps. For there our captors demanded of us songs, and our tormentors mirth, saying, ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion.’ How can we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget her skill. May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy.”

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