New Article: Salmon, Rabbi Joshua Joseph Preil—Protesting at the Gate

Salmon, Yosef. “Rabbi Joshua Joseph Preil—Protesting at the Gate.” Modern Judaism 35.1 (2015): 66-82.

 

URL: http://mj.oxfordjournals.org/content/35/1/66.extract

 

Excerpt

The use that the orthodox anti-Zionist camp made of Preil’s writings after his death proves that Rabbi Joshua Joseph Preil was not a lone voice in the desert. Rather, he laid the foundations of orthodox anti-Zionist thought. While he did not negate modernity, and he even praised organizations that broadened academic study, work, and agricultural pursuits, he dedicated himself to establishing a body that would “strengthen the Jewish religion.” In his opinion, patriotism devoid of religion would not endure against human egocentrism, and nationalism without a religious message would lead the Jewish people to establish a state similar to Serbia. Preil’s opinions had a big impact on the haredi world even after his death by virtue of the publication of his articles in Ha-Peles.