December 21, 2010 |
When Israel decided to redesign its bank notes, it ran into some trouble: No one, apparently, fit the bill. A year ago, a committee empowered by the Bank of Israel chose Theodor Herzl, David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Rabin to adorn the country's four bank notes. A balanced choice, many would say: the visionary of the Jewish state, Israel's first prime minister, the hawk who forged peace with Egypt, and the soldier-turned-dove who made peace with Jordan and was slain while advancing the process with the Palestinians.
February 7, 2010 |
Among the copious anecdotes that Leon Botstein likes to relate about Richard Wagner and his ugly anti-Jewish views is an ironic one involving Zionist Movement founder Theodor Herzl. As Botstein has detailed in an essay, in 1895 Herzl was a journalist in Paris covering the Dreyfus affair, an army scandal with anti-Semitic taints that rocked French society. When he wasn't filing news reports, Herzl attended the Paris Opera, where he absorbed Wagner's volcanic music. He was inspired both by the German composer's artistry and his ideas about community-building, which some scholars believe helped shape Herzl's concept of a Jewish homeland.
September 21, 2006 |
It took more than half a century to fulfill Theodor Herzl's dream of a Jewish state. But it would take Israel even longer to meet Herzl's more intimate last wishes: to have his children buried next to him. On Wednesday, more than seven decades after their deaths, the bodies of two of Herzl's children were laid to rest here near the grave of the famed Zionist leader, whose public legend left little room for the unhappy saga of his troubled children.
January 22, 1995 |
Just 100 years ago, in late 1894, a French army officer of Jewish extraction was arrested, tried and falsely convicted of treason. The trial of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, and his formal degradation on a barracks square in front of a mob that shouted "Death to the Jews!" was witnessed by the Paris correspondent of a Vienna newspaper. Months later, Theodor Herzl wrote "The Jewish State," his clarion call for resolving the apparently irresolvable "Jewish problem": the misery of the poor Jews living in eastern Europe under the Tsar, but also the false and humiliating--and, as the Dreyfus Affair suggested, precarious--position of supposedly emancipated Jews in the West.
February 15, 1992
Theodor Herzl Gaster, 85, a renowned scholar who published the first English translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Gaster published "The Dead Sea Scriptures," the first translation of the ancient scrolls, in 1957. The book sold more than 200,000 copies. The scrolls, written by a Jewish sect around the time Christianity was founded, were discovered in a cave in 1947. His other books included "Myth, Legend and Custom in the Old Testament" and "The Oldest Stories in the World."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1988
"Can Evil Beget Good"? Definitely! The evil act of the crucifixion of Christ led to the good act of the establishment of Christianity. The evil act of the Holocaust brought about the realization of a Jewish state--the land of Israel. True, Theodor Herzl in 1896 initiated the idea of a Jewish state, but there is some doubt whether without the Holocaust a Jewish state would have been established in this century. I can understand the objections of many persons who feel it is unethical to use data obtained in the most horrible way imaginable.