A Note on the Discussion of “Zionism and Anti-Semitism”

"Anmerkung zur Diskussion uber Zionismus und Antisemitismus," Judische Rundschau, Vol. 28, No. 83-84 (Sept. 28, 1923).  Reprinted in Gesammelte Schriften: Band 2.  Reprinted in Leo Strauss: The Early Writings.


No fact has been more decisive for the liberation of the Jewish spirit from its galut-mentality [Galuth-Gesinnung] than that disruption of Jewish solidarity which found its most popular expression in Herzl’s “Mauschel”. It may even be said that the discontinuation of this social condition of our galut existence [Galuth-Dasein] is a symptom of the discontinuation of the very mentality that is supportive of the galut. Be that as it may, it is only with the revolutionary change to which we just alluded that the discussion of anti-Semitism has begun — at least with respect to the Western Jews — to become “decent” (in Herzl’s sense of the word).

Leo Strauss Center