Living Toward Israel

“For Jewish peoplehood to be a concept that embraces a continuity of Jewish life, past, present and future, there must be an asymmetry between Israel and the diaspora: the asymmetry between a permanent home and a temporary dwelling. That Jews have spent the vast majority of their history away from home and that most Jews today do not live there neither compromises nor contradicts the fact that Jewish life is a life lived toward Israel. A pluralism of ‘centres’ of Jewish life is as unavailable as a pluralism of ‘truths’ of Jewish faith.”

Traditional Alternatives/Arguments for the Sake of Heaven, p. 157