Mass Jewish Politics in the Modern Era (Essential Lectures in Jewish History)

Letterhead of Der Arbayter (1905). Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
Letterhead of Der Arbayter (1905). Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

This lecture briefly covers the rise of mass Jewish politics at the turn of the 20th century, looking at the rise of Jewish Socialism, Zionism, and other movements. Part of the Essential Lectures in Jewish History series available at

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hertzl was correct in his statement: “If you will it, it would be no dream.” Against all odds, Israel was able to build itself up into a prospering and bustling country.
    The Agudas Yisroel really took initiative and accomplished a lot on behalf of Orthodox Jewry.
    Thank you-covered a lot in just 20 minutes!
    -Yocheved Homnick

  2. GY says:

    Jewish mass politics is unique in the way that it developed so late in Jewish history. Although the timing is no coincidence. It’s ironic that when Jews were a minority with no say (often times a minority that was persecuted against), we somehow managed to stay together and keep our differences aside. However, the moment that there was a chance for great change, for example emancipation and revolution, Jews started formulating their opinions and forming democratically based movements with different ideologies. Even more shocking is how different these movements were: they went from one end of spectrum to the other! The Bund party and the Mizrahi party could not be more different! This being said, all these different opinions eventually led to the establishment of the State of Israel. So differences do lead to good things!

  3. Anonymous says:

    How were the Revisionists radical?

  4. Helmut Schick says:

    This was a good way to explain a complex subject. Thank You!

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