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We can't ignore the fact that ahead of us is a great war and this war is going to need significant preparation.
[But if things continue the way they are]... the society that I envision, if my dream is not just a false notion, this society will have to begin to create itself in the midst of fuss, noisiness and panic, and will have to face the prospects of both internal and external war...
Historical truth is that, and that alone, which reveals the forces that go to mould the social life of mankind.
This Moses, I say, this man of old time, whose existence and character you are trying to elucidate, matters to nobody but scholars like you.
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January 2, 1927
Asher Zvi Hirsch Ginsberg, primarily known by his Hebrew name and pen name, Ahad Ha'am, was a Hebrew essayist, and one of the foremost pre-state Zionist thinkers. He is known as the founder of cultural Zionism.
Ten Essays on Zionism and Judaism (1922)
Words of Fire: Selected Essays of Ahad Ha'am
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