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Glory and AgonyIsaac's Sacrifice and National Narrative$
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Yael Feldman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804759021

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804759021.001.0001

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Martyr, Victim, Sacrifice, Warrior

Martyr, Victim, Sacrifice, Warrior

(p.41) One Martyr, Victim, Sacrifice, Warrior
Glory and Agony
Stanford University Press

This chapter demonstrates that although the language of the first two aliyot (1882–1918) was dominated by “the myth of heroism and sacrificem,” the figure of the aqedah was not, however, central to their ethos and rhetoric. It also examines the continuity of Jewish religious martyrological terms within a secular socialist Hebrew culture and the unmistakable mark of a Russian impact. The chapter explores the gender trouble of one of the heralds of Zionist ideas in the Hebrew Revival literature, the novella Le'an? (Whither?) by M. Z. Feierberg (1875–1899).

Keywords:   heroism, aliyot, Hebrew culture, gender, M. Z. Feierberg, aqedah

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