Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

The Odd Couple: Reform Judaism and Zionism

By
Rabbi Daniel M. Bronstein, Ph.D.

Making sweeping historical generalizations is easy. Lots of people make them, even the best of historians.

Broad statements can be a “necessary evil” when one is faced with limited time or space to make an historical point. But generalities can easily mutate into over-simplifications that ultimately obscure – if not distort – historical narratives of particular moments or communities.