This chapter introduces the subject of this study: the Istanbul-based network of support for the Jews in Ottoman Palestine and the rabbinic emissaries who sustained its fundraising missions in the eighteenth century, and the changing dynamics of the relationship between the Holy Land and the Jewish communities of the diaspora. The introduction situates the current study in the broader context of modern Jewish historiography, challenging many assumptions not only of an older, teleological, and nationalist (Zionist) historical narrative, but also many of the assumptions of its post-Zionist critics.
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