The world nations’ recognition of Monotheism then, and of Zionism now, contributes to the Jews’ own acceptance

Early supporter of Herzl and Zionism: Reverend William Hechler and family (Wikemedia Commons)

The book of Genesis ends dramatically with Joseph promising his brothers that God will surely remember them and bring them back up to the Promised Land.

Decades later, as the book of Exodus begins, the Hebrews are enslaved and seem to be far from God.

The reintroduction of godly consciousness is done gradually. The first “to see God” are Shifrah and Puah, the midwives – unclear if they are Hebrews or not. The next reported seeing of God occurs more than 80 years later, with God’s revelation to Moses at the burning bush.

The 10 plagues, we are told, are designed to broaden godly consciousness to both the Hebrews and Egypt – as well as to instill the counter-universalism notion “that you would know that God discriminates between Egypt and Israel.”

Indeed, such godly consciousness is accepted by the Egyptians. Shortly thereafter, in the Song of Sea that marks the successful exodus from Egypt, we are told that such godly consciousness was expanded to the other nations as well: “Then the chiefs of Edom were frightened; the mighty men of Moab, trembling taking hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan are melted away.”

The Hebrews sing: “The Lord shall reign forever and ever

And so “mission accomplished” – a global acceptance of monotheism, of God’s rule (“Aleinu Leshabeah”). End of history?

Not yet.

First reversal of universal acceptance of God

The Hebrews in the desert kept their faith in God. The “remainers” who wanted to go back to Egypt, based their arguments primarily on questioning if Moses really represents God.

But the unexpected 40 years in the desert led the surrounding nations to disbelieve in God, or at least to the conclusion that God is no longer with the Hebrews. The chiefs of Edom were no longer afraid and refused to let the Hebrews pass through, and the inhabitants of Canaan (Arad) were no longer melting and attacked the Hebrews.

In this regard, the sin of the 10 spies tends to be grossly underestimated in biblical teachings. The extra 38 years in the desert caused by their actions were not only harmful to Israel, but also to instilling global recognition of God. (The reverse of “Aleinu Leshabeah”).

Just as the growing global faith in God likely contributed to the Hebrew’s own faith a few decades prior, so did the reverse: the global disbelief likely contributed to the emergence of a defining ethos of the Bible – the battle between monotheism and paganism. As the biblical period ends, this debate remains inconclusive.

But then something astonishing happened. Invaders from Europe, the Greeks and then the Romans, tried to negate Judaism and monotheism and instill their European values of universalism and paganism. But instead, after some time, they accepted Judaism’s core of monotheism. This was spread to pagan Europe in the form of Christianity. A few centuries later, monotheism was spread to the pagan Middle East in the form of Islam.

And so, by the seventh century, for the second time in history, much of the world was in unison in its belief in God.

The February 5th, 2023 Begin Center Judaism 3.0 Discussion: Zionism and the global debate between Nationalism and Universalism

While the first unison lasted for just a few short decades after the Exodus, this time it lasted for more than a thousand years.

Europe’s strong faith during this time was expressed through the European governing principle of divine-right monarchy: the power comes from God, and He gives that right to kings. 

During the Exodus, the global acceptance of God likely contributed to the Jews’ own strengthening of faith. So did it this time. As they went into exile for 1,800 years, the religious aspect of the Jewish nation-religious – rabbinic Judaism – became the anchor of Judaism (Judaism 2.0), and there was no more reported paganism in Judaism.

But then…

Second reversal of universal acceptance of God

Two revolutions in the 18th century shook the system of divine-right monarchy. One was the American Revolution, which did not negate the divine, but the notion that God gives the right to the monarchs. The right was given in America to the people – conceptually a divine-right Republic: “We the People,” “One nation under God.”

On the other hand, the French Revolution, which occurred shortly thereafter, was anchored in the negation of the divine. So much so, that the French changed the seven-day week to 10 days, to distill the notion that God created the world.

Just as today’s America is a byproduct of the American Revolution, to a large extent, today’s Europe is a byproduct of the French Revolution.

This leads to the emerging global philosophical divide of the 21st century: Americanism vs Europeanism, and awakens the old biblical debate between monotheism and paganism.

Europe is back to universalism, to Greece, to the origins of the 2,300-year-old European-Israeli conflict – the world’s oldest feud.

Zionism as disrupter to the European-Israeli conflict

When Herzl launched Zionism, he disrupted the European-Israeli conflict. Next week, on February 14, will mark the 127th anniversary of the publication of Herzl’s Jewish State, which carried a message similar to that of Moses: We are ascending back to the Promised Land.

Jews in Herzl’s circles treated his book with skepticism and ridicule, leading to weeks of frustration. But then on March 11, an unexpected visitor showed up at Herzl’s doorstep – the English Reverend William Hechler, who announced to Herzl: “We have prepared the ground for you.” 

Indeed, many of Herzl’s early supporters were Christians. In the following years, much of the outside world became advocates of Zionism, including the Arab leadership of the Middle East. Just like the outside-to-inside process that occurred during biblical times, this helped push Jews into Zionism and accept Herzl’s message: “We are coming home.”

Today, in the 2020s, the transformation that Herzl seeded is coming to fruition. Zionism is becoming the anchor of Judaism (Judaism 3.0). This is clear to many in America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. With that, the ground is prepared for Jews themselves to recognize that we are in Judaism 3.0. The Jews came home to Zion; now so is Judaism.

The writer is the author of Judaism 3.0: Judaism’s Transformation to Zionism ( For his geopolitical articles, visit:


For more of Gol Kalev’s articles tying the weekly Torah portion to Herzl: Parasha and Herzl

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Gol Kalev’v related Parasha commentary – Jerusalem Post, February 10, 2022:

Moses and Zipporah’s ‘Tikkun’?
Was Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law and priest of Midian, late to recognize God? Midian is not mentioned in the Song of the Sea, unlike other nations who were in fear. Only after Jethro hears a firsthand account from Moses, he concedes: “Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods״
After all, Moses did not divulge to Jethro his revelation at the burning bush, nor the context of his departure to Egypt. Did Jethro view “Moses’s escape” from Midian in a similar way that Laban viewed “Jacob’s escape” from Haran a few centuries earlier? While operationally, Jacob “defected” clandestinely, Moses “defected” openly, claiming he would like to see if his brothers in Egypt are still alive. 
Did Moses apply the lessons of his great-grandfather Jacob in crafting a cleaner escape? And Did Zipporah apply the lesson of her step-great-grandmother-in-law Rachel? Instead of protecting the idols of yesterday as Rachel did, Zipporah protected the future of Judaism, by circumcising their son and saving Moses.

Judaism 3.0 – Judaism’s Tranformation to Zionism (Mazo Publishers, 2022)

The October 14, 2022 cover of the Jerusaelm Post Magazine – exploring the thesis of Gol Kalev’s new book, Judaism 3.0 – Judaism’s Transformation to Zionism – over the background of the Jerusalem Post on May 16, 1948

The following is a Jeruslaem Post series about the implications of Judaism 3.0:

This generation’s existential threat to Judaism

Applying Herzl’s thinking to counter Israel-bashing

 Occuptionalism: The new form of Colonialism is hijacking the Palestinian cause   

Occupationalism is enabled by the Jerusalem-based “Conflict Industry,” known for its lavish parties, insularity, high turnover and its own social hierarchy

European blood libels continue, but now there is a solution

Recognizing that we are in Judaism 3.0 would address existential threats to Judaism, but it would also provide Jewish clarity that would advance humanity

Judaism 3.0: Turning threats to Judaism into enablers of its survival

Like antisemitism in Herzl’s time, today’s Israel-bashing and assimilation of American Jewry also have hidden assets in them

Passover to Shavuot and the American-European divide

How the transition affects today’s geopolitics, the flaws of democracies and the emerging rift: Americanism vs. Europeanism

Threat to Judaism through friends, influenced by Israel-bashing movement

Applying Herzl’s thinking, the threat to Judaism might come through our friends. Such Israel-bashing-light was showcased in the Basel Zionism celebrations in 2022

Paving path to peace

A broad recognition of Judaism 3.0 would release the Arabs of the Middle-east from debilitating European dogmas that have occupied their true character for the last 100 years

See in Link: Applying Judaism 3.0 to the countering Israel-Bashing

See also The Jerusaelm Report 2022 New Year Magazine: Judaism’s transformation to Zionism – Countering the Israel-bashing movement

Recognizing that Judaism has transformed would rob the Israel-bashers of their starting point: The premise that Judaism is merely a religion.

Summary of above articles:

Gol Kalev shows how Israel-bashing is today’s existential threat to Judaism, having both a populous dogmatic retail component – Occupationalism, and institutional destruction mechanisms that deploy modern-day blood-libels. In such circumstances, Hasbara (Israeli PR) is futile. Yet, a broad global recognition that Judaism has transformed to Judaism 3.0, and Zionism is now its anchor, would dramatically mitigate the threat.

Taking it a step deeper, Gol then explores the depth of the existential threat by showing how the break from centuries old system of Divine-right-monarchy, created a bifurcation: Divine-right-republic in the United States and non-Divine neo-monarchy in Europe. Deploying Herzl’s political philosophy and his view of the inseparability of corruption from parliamentary Democracy, Gol demonstrates the imbedded danger of a system of “following laws” as opposed to doing so alongside an ideological Divine conscienceless: Passover to Shavuot and the American-European Divide

Gol then shows how Israel-bashers must stay in Judaism 2.0. A broad global recognition that Zionism is now the anchor of Judaism would rob Israel-bashers of their starting point, and would emancipate Palestinians and other Middle-Eastern Arabs from the debilitating European Occupation of their true character, which in turn would lead to peace: Paving the path to peace

For more of Gol’s geopolitical articles: Europe and Jerusalem


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