TheHOPE ~ התקווה
The New Vision 
for Israel & Zion


Dr. Yitzhaq Hayut-Man, cyber-architect 08.05.2009 13:14
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Re-Visioning the Mondcivitan Notion: A Universal New Israel (UNI) as The Old-New Global Servant Nation

Re-Visioning the Mondocivitan Notion: 
A Universal New Israel (UNI)

as the Old-New Global Servant Nation

Dr. Yitzhaq Hayut-Man, cyber-architect


The Notion of the Servant Nation
Schonfield's Notion of the Servant Nation
The Biblical Idea of the Chosen Nation
Isaiah's visions & the Controversy about the Servant of God
The Jews as 'The Chosen People'?
Jesus' Mission of the New Zion
"The Jewish/Israeli Problem" up to the present
Zionism, Modern Israel and its Palestinian Conundrum
Jerusalem as a Global Problem and Challenge
Conclusion: A new notion of a Universal (13-tribe) New Israel - UNI
Appendix A: The UNI Spectrum of Potential Israelites
Appendix B: The Old-New Jerusalem-Tsiyon Facility
- Creating the New Universal Israel in Cyberspace
- 'Zion' as forming 'Excellent New Gates for Torah'

The Notion of the Servant Nation

Schonfield's Notion of the Servant Nation

Hugh Schonfield (1901-1988) was a Jewish British scholar who published 45 books, including a Popular Dictionary of Judaism, The Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a modern translation of the New Testament which he called "The Authentic New Testament", and about a dozen books about the origins of Christianity. His book "The Passover Plot – New Light on the History of Jesus" caused quite a sensation when it came out in 1965. It claimed that Jesus engineered the Crucifixion and the subsequent 'Resurrection' (which then failed to work sufficiently), in order to fulfill the prophecies and become the leader the Jews against the Roman occupation. The book went through many editions, and has influenced many of the subsequent discussions about Jesus.

While writing The Passover Plot, reports his trustee Stephen A. Engelking, Schonfield had no intention of writing a best-seller, but the book’s enormous success helped put him into the position of being able to make publicly known what was nearest to his heart - the development of a Messianic Servant Nation for the sake of all humankind. 

Schonfield had been active already before the Second World War, together with a number of others, in trying to establish a Servant Nation. By 1952 such a "nation" had already been officially and legally formed under the name of 'the Mondcivitan Republic' and was gaining growing international recognition as an instrument towards bringing peace among men. Schonfield's work in this area was recognized by his having been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. |The success of The Passover Plot enabled Schonfield  to publish a book entitled "The Politics of God" promoting this idea. It became a catalyst for many new projects and proved that it was possible to unite thinking people from all religions with those of none. 

As I see it, Schonfield's notion of the Servant Nation was based on his profound understanding of the true overall messianic intentions of the Hebrew Bible, the Historical Jesus and the Gospels. Schonfield wanted to see the realization of the messianic vision of a united Servant People of God to bring peace and salvation to mankind. It could be claimed that Schonfield tried to hatch 'a Pass-Over Plot' of his own. Hugh held the Jewish version of Isaiah 53, in the sense of a striving/suffering corporate Messiah – but passed the messianic role of the People of Israel over to a global self-selected nation – a 'Choosing People' in the place of the 'Chosen People' of the Jews and/or the Church. 

This experimental Republic has not proved sustainable so far. Perhaps it mixed the notions of 'Nation' (a voluntary familiar human grouping) and 'State' (legal entity, establishment) and tried to emulate a state. The enterprise thus lacked the practices of building a sustainable nation,  with its binding traditions, familiar key terms, symbols and a national narrative. Yet the search to find a way of achieving this goal as the fulfillment of human destiny should go on. Note that "nation-building" is indeed one of the major post-colonial global problems. So the desired 'Servant Nation' should excel in nation-building. With this know-how, it could then render essential service to many nations. 

The following preliminary notes chart a possibility of realizing the vision by
(1) Connecting the idea back to its original Biblical visions,
(2) Employing Schonfield's further findings about Jesus, Judaism and the Early Church, 
and (3) Linking it to both the successes and real survival problem of present-day Israeli.

The Biblical Vision of the Chosen/Select Nation 

The Biblical cosmology (as understood in the Qabbalah and generally accepted in Judaism) is of a 6,000-year enterprise  of "Let's Make Adam" (na'ase Adam) or even "Let's become Adam" (ne'ase Adam) – with "Adam" meaning a wholly unified humankind that can act as a decision maker. In this scheme, the sixth millennium in which 'Adam' is forming, and which is coming to close nowadays , is the time of emergence of this Adam-humankind and confrontation with 'The Tree of Knowledge' (science) and its fruit (technological products), which might end with cursing the earth on account of Adam.  

It is in this global context that we may best understand the main concern of the Hebrew Bible – which is the selection and making of a nation of righteousness that will become a blessing to 'all the families of the Earth' (Gen 12:3).

The Biblical Book of Genesis tells of God's three attempts to improve the lot of humankind. After two failures with dealing with all humankind, "The Sons of Adam" (B'nei Adam), God chose Abraham to form a special "Great Nation" (Gen. 12:3), through which will be blessed "all the families of the Living Earth" (Adamah). The book of Genesis also gives a definite special pattern to this still visionary nation – that of a twelve-Tribe Nation with a thirteen's tribe (Levites-Leviyim, namely 'companions'). This tribe works in shifts, between servicing the central sacred facility and giving educational services to all other tribes. 

As Michell and Rhone (1991) show, the twelve-tribe pattern was probably once a universal ideal pattern and remained the ideal pattern of Plato's political visions (Michell, 1988). Thus French geographer Jean Richer (1994) has shown that all of ancient Greece was organized and orientated upon twelve-fold assemblies. 

That Biblically prophesied Great Nation was finally formed out of the slaves in Egypt, graduating through the Sinai theophany and covenant. Its special role was defined as: "a Kingdom of priests (Kohanim) and a Holy Nation" (Exodus 19:6). The vision given in the Book of Exodus is of a 12-tribe nation situated around a central shrine, the Tabernacle of the Lord, namely the dwelling place (Mishkan) of the Divine Presence (Shekhinah). This pattern was to be realized in 'The Promised Land' – the present Israel-Palestine (and Jordan). This assembly was indeed realized for a short time in the legendary times of David and Solomon, and it became the future vision of the Biblical prophets (Isaiah, 56:6-7, 60:1-14; Ezekiel 37:15-28, 48). 

While the Biblical scheme may seem as entirely ethnical, the later development of the Qabbalah allows inferring the identity and character of the tribes from spiritual and mental traits. Lurianic Qabbalah identifies the Twelve Tribes of Israel with the 12 possible permutations of the four letters of the Tetragrammaton, the Biblical Great Name of God that is generally rendered in English as YHWH (where the four letters hint to four levels of reality). This allows an abstract spiritual scheme (of manners of dealing with reality) that is more pertinent than the 12 zodiacal signs. 

Isaiah's visions & the Controversy about the Servant of God

The problematical character of the choice became accentuated in the portrayal by the prophet Isaiah of the suffering 'Slave/Servant of the Lord' (Isaiah 52:13-53:12) and the subsequent controversy over the identity of that servant. Jews see it as a portrayal of the collective entity of the Jewish People and their suffering, while Christianity sees it as referring precisely to the individual Jesus. It can be claimed that the suffering of Jesus on the Cross during one afternoon bears no comparison to the tremendous sufferings Jews have suffered over the centuries and up to and including the Holocaust (suffering often inflicted on the Jews on account of Jesus and in His name). 

Schonfield can be seen within a trend among emancipated Jewish intellectuals of the 20th century to re-valuate Jesus in a positive light (Hoffman 2007), seeing him in a historical context - while denying his unique divinity. Even though Schonfield admired Jesus he understood the Messianic agent to be corporate. And if the Jews seem to have neglected their mission, Schonfield was keen to recast a messianic nation anew.

The Jews as 'The Chosen People'?

History was hardly ever kind to the people of Israel. The very status of being 'chosen' inflicted a harsh judgment over Israel. As the prophet spoke for the Lord against the Children of Israel: "You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities" (Amos 3:2).

The fabled united kingdom of King Solomon was soon divided into the separate kingdoms of Israel and of Judah-Judea. The Israelite kingdom was conquered by the Assyrians about 722 BCE, and its leadership was exiled and became known then as "The Ten Lost Tribes". The simple people that remained on the land joined with Judah and lost their tribal identities. But then Judea itself was conquered by the Babylonians about 590 BCE, its Temple destroyed and its leadership exiled to 'the rivers of Babylon'. 

Such calamities befell also other nations of the region that have become lost. The thing that was special to Israel and Judea was the presence of the Prophets and scribes. The first warned that the coming calamities will be a punishment to the people of Israel, but also prophesied a glorious future and restoration. The latter preserved an image of the glorious past and prophetic future. Through the hope instilled by the prophets and scribes, the exiled of Judea returned to the land and re-established a vassal state that became gradually an independent kingdom in the Hellenistic Middle East, till it became subjugated and destroyed by the Romans at 70 C.E. and then again at 135 C.E., when the name of the country was changed from Judea to Palestine and professing Jews were prohibited from residing in it. The new "Palestinian" people were made of the former Jews who preferred the land to the religion, with an admixture of settled Roman soldiers. Jesus' ministry happened just before these events. 

From Hellenistic times, with the confrontation of the two great cultures of Greece and of Judea, there has been 'anti-Semitism' caused not by a particular political need but by cultural animosity and envy. This has been epitomized in the persecution of the Jews by Christians. This is not the place to list historic subjugation, sacrifice, pogroms. These were done through the demonization of the Jews. 

(See 'Chosen People' in Wikipedia -, and
'Jews as a Chosen People' -

The issue of the 'Chosen People' is a problem and a burden upon the Jews, figuratively their (our) Cross, which brings animosity from other groups. Characteristically, anti-Semitism seems to grow nowadays in countries that hardly know Jews.  

While it seems politically correct not to dwell on this issue, Jews are aggravated by it but unwilling to give up this core constituent of their identity. 

Jesus' Mission of the New Zion

It would be difficult to name another person who sought to study and explain the real historical Jesus more than Huge Schonfield. This research implies that the traditional Christology was a fantastic fabrication without validation in the life of the authentic Jesus. While modern Christian scholars - and post Christian scholars, like the 'deconverted' Bart Ehrman (2005, 2008) – are now covering the same historic issues, perhaps even more exhaustively, Schonefield's work is still unique in that it suggests to us new implications for the future. 

As I see it, Jesus must have viewed his own role and mission within a known contemporary Jewish (and likely Enochian (Kilmon 2008) messianic context – that of 'The Son of Man' (Bar Nasha in the Aramaic of the Book of Daniel (7:13), Ben Adam in the Hebrew of the Book of Ezekiel). Jesus is reported thirty times by Matthew alone to have claimed to have been the Son of Man (bar nasha) of Daniel and Enoch. The name 'Son of Man' referred to Jesus’ role as Savior-King, fulfilling the messianic prophecy of Isaiah 53. Isaiah 53 is the most comprehensive prophetic passage regarding the coming Messiah, and clearly depicts the Messiah as the suffering servant. 

In the Book of Daniel there is a prophecy about the 'Son of Man'. “I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshipped him.” (Daniel 7:13, 14). Jesus told his disciples that when he returns to earth, "Then everyone will see the Son of Man arrive on the clouds with power and great glory” (Luke 21:27). Jesus in fact tells here that he is the fulfillment of the 'Son of Man' of Daniel’s prophecy.  

Expectations of the reunification of the Tribes of Israel were part and parcel of the prophetic and messianic agenda in Jesus' time, and were already prophesied by, among others, Jeremiah (31:1-20) and Ezekiel (37:16-19). In the Talmud we find discussions and debates, two generations after Jesus and after the destruction of the Temple, whether the lost tribes are likely to return or not (e.g. Tract. Sanhedrin 110/b). Even today, in the most normative Judaism of the Maimonides codex, the test for the true Messiah of Israel is that he would gather all the lost tribes of Israel:

“And if there will rise a king from the house of David, who considers the Torah and Commandments as his 
father David, according to the written Torah and the oral Torah and will make all of Israel walk by it and strengthen its upkeep, then he is a candidate to be considered Messiah, and if he succeeded and built the Temple in its proper place and gathered those expelled from Israel, then he is certainly the Messiah…” 
(Maimonides: Mishne Torah, Hilkhot Melakhim, 11:4) 

Jesus strove hard to fulfill these prophecies, and behaved in a manner that signals the re-gathering and unification of the tribes of Israel. That is why he appointed exactly Twelve Disciples (Matt. 10:1-4; Mark, 3:13-19) with whom he confided (Matt. 20:17-19), a number that after Judas’ exit had to be completed again (Acts 1:23-26). His own admission was that he was not sent for the world, to the gentiles, but “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel” (Matt. 15:24). When Jesus sent his apostles, he instructed them to preach only to the Israelites, not to the gentiles: “Do not go among the gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel” (Matt. 10:5-6). Interestingly, the Gnostic “Acts of Thomas” tells that, After Jesus’ death, the Twelve Apostles divided among themselves by lot the world to be converted (and Thomas Didimus, namely 'twin' - apparently Jesus twin brother - received 'India').  

Thus Jesus' grand mission might well have been to reunite the Jews and the exiled Israelites, 'the Lost Ten Tribes' who were living beyond the borders of the Roman Empire. Jesus thus intended to make his New Israel one of the greatest nations on earth.

"The Jewish (and Israeli) Problem" up to the Present
Anti-Semitism has been rampant at least since the Hellenistic times.  Since the Roman exile, the self-image of the Jews became that of 'the single lamb among seventy wolves'.

But also in modern times it happened again and again that a religion (e.g. Christianity, Islam, and Lutheran Protestantism), philosophy (e.g. Arnold Toynbee, Theosophy) or ideology with global aspirations (Nazism, communism) that, when they were not accepted by the Jews, turned anti-Semitic. 

Modern, 'Political' Zionism was a search for answer to the so-called 'Jewish Problem' of 19th century Europe. It can be claimed that its leaders, like Theodore-Benjamin-Ze'ev Hertzl and Vladimir-Ze'ev Jabotinski were prophets, who had clearly seen the specter of the Holocaust, which both the traditional religious and the modern cosmopolitan Jewish leaders failed to see. Their vision was exclusively Jewish, but they were helped by some ardent early Christian Zionists in Germany and Britain.

Zionism, Modern Israel and its Palestinian Conundrum

Through Zionism (be it right or wrong), and significantly because of the Holocaust, the 'Jewish People' made a collective choice to return to their ancient home in Asia, to a place (in the 'Middle East') that is factually 'The Center of the Earth' and the center (geographic and culturally) for the greatest shifts and strains of humankind. These are epitomized by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is now about 100 years old.  

The naive vision of modern Zionism was that of 'returning a people without land to a land without people'. Zionist leaders in Europe, who kept calling the land 'Palestine' and not 'Israel', did not know of the native people – who over time, and by default, became 'Palestinians'. Some who found about them (e.g. Ahad ha'Am) warned, but on the whole 'Political Zionism' ignored them, while 'Revisionist Zionism' prepared to confront them and 'Practical Zionism' followed suite. 

While the great ideologies of the 20th century have failed miserably, the Zionist ideology has excelled in nation-building, creating a distinct and unique nation out of people from over a hundred countries of different cultures and climes. But Israel's future is threatened by the unsolved – and seemingly insoluble - problem with the 'Palestinians'. (During its first decades, having the Palestinians, and the Arabs in general, for enemies possibly actually helped to expedite Israeli national cohesion. But by now it is splitting the nation). 

Increasingly, Israel has been striving to be both a Jewish and a democratic state. Yet whether there might be a Two-State or a One-State Solution, Israel would contain many non-Jews – some 20-25% for the Two-State arrangement and 35-55% for the One State. The current nightmare of the Zionist Jewish State of Israel is that of losing its Jewish majority. Or stated differently, living with a Moslem-Arab majority. (Looking world-wide at the situation of countries with Moslem-Arab majority, this is indeed a dismal scenario.) The issue that would most prevent a two-state solution is that of the division of Jerusalem, especially the Old City and the Temple Mount. 

Rabbi Lord Immanuel Jakobovits, former Chief Rabbi of the United Synagogue of Great Britain (Modern Orthodox Judaism), describes chosenness in this way: "Yes, I do believe that the chosen people concept as affirmed by Judaism in its holy writ, its prayers, and its millennial tradition. In fact, I believe that every people - and indeed, in a more limited way, every individual - is "chosen" or destined for some distinct purpose in advancing the designs of Providence. Only, some fulfill their mission and others do not. … The Jews were chosen by God to be 'peculiar unto Me' as the pioneers of religion and morality; that was and is their national purpose".

Jerusalem as a Global Problem and Challenge

The Biblical scheme is not a 'Utopia' (in the literal sense of being 'No-Place') – it proposes a specific place, Jerusalem, as the scene for both its apocalyptic wars and peaceful end-of-days and the fountainhead for new knowledge/Instruction (Torah). 

Jerusalem may seem as an extremely particular and marginal location. But when examined closer it appears to be the precise best global central location. There is as much land area (and thus human population) East of Jerusalem as there is West of Jerusalem, and likewise as much north as South of Jerusalem. The name 'Zion' (Tsiyon meaning 'a Mark/distinction' - Tsiyun) is synonymous to 'Jerusalem' and thus, the issues of 'Zionism' boil down to 'Jerusalemism'. 

Many like to interpret the name 'Jerusalem' (Yerushalem or Yerushalayim) as 'The City of Peace' (Shalom). But in historical fact, this city knew more wars and destructions than most other cities – and there hangs on it, like a Damocles sword, the threat of Global Jihad/World-War, likely triggered by the conflict over the Old City and Temple Mount. 

Prospect of the prophetic restored future Israel (Ezekiel 47:13-23) is of a twelve-tribe nation focused upon a special district – apparently Jerusalem - for its assembly (Levitic) functions.

Conclusion: A new notion of a Universal (13-tribe) Israel - UNI

The root problem of modern Zionism is its ethnic seclusion to 'the Jewish People' alone, based on the feeling of Jewish aloneness in the world. But this concept of the 'Jewish People' is actually not the Biblical concept. Not only Abraham was not a Jew (as the Qur'an explicitly states) even Moses was not a 'Jew' (namely scion of the Tribe of Judah) but a Levite, and it was not 'The Jewish People' who made the exodus, but the 'People of Israel' with additional 'great admixture' (erev rav – rhyming with 'Arab'). 

We mentioned above the problem of the perception – by both Jews and their detractors – of the Jews as 'The Chosen People'. It is increasingly recognized as problematic, but it is such an essential part of Jewish self-identity that it cannot be given up (Steinsalz, 2008). But in fact, there are many nations and religious-ethnic groups that regard themselves as God's chosen people. Could several such perceived 'Chosen People' band together? As new historical research shows (Knohl, 2008) this was what actually occurred in the genesis of Israel. As we claimed above, it was a desired model for organizing early Christianity as "the New (or even 'the True') Israel", which has changed to become modeled on the authoritarian and hierarchical Roman Imperial (and Roman Catholic) order.

Conceivably, a unified New Israel could happen again.

It coud come about by the modern Israel regarding itself as the catalyst for the emergence of what I'd suggest to call the 'Universal New Israel' (whose acronym is 'UNI' implies both a 'You and I' attitude  and a 'one upping' of the obsessively anti-Israeli UN). This would be a radical solution to the mortal Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which would give equality and honor to the presently second- and third-class citizens, yet alleviates the Jewish fear of an Arab-Moslem majority, by inviting additional brother tribes, mostly from Christian (and post-Christian) countries. 

In conclusion: the Jews, as the keepers of the title "The Chosen People", should better extend an invitation to additional 'nations' and denominations to share with them, so as to end the Jewish existential loneliness and complete the required Biblical pattern of the full & fulfilled Israel.

Appendix A: The UNI Spectrum of Potential Israelites

Here are this author's notions about likely nations:

• The Palestinians – they are burdened with a false, even cursed, identity that pits them in contradiction of Israel. Research findings show that in fact most Palestinians are of Jewish decent (see Re-cognizing the Palestinians as a (largely Moslem) tribe of Israel will allow a situation of mutual recognition and acceptance and for equal rights throughout the land. Solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would free the whole Middle-East region to progress. 
• 'Lost Tribesmen' – there are scores of communities of many millions that claim (or may claim) Israelite ancestry . New ones keep appearing. This is often in places where current identities are not satisfying. 
• Mormons – Members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints consider themselves as Israelites (mainly as being of Ephraim or Menashe). They already cherish connections with Israel. 
• 'Messianic Israelites' - Beyond the Dispensationalists and Christian Zionists, there are increasing "Messianic Israelite" communities, scores in the USA of the and others in the EU and the British Commonwealth. While worshipping Jesus, they do not ask the Jews to convert.  
• The Sikhs – The Sikhs are the monotheists of India <mark article>. They have paid the most for India's independence, and suffered the most by the division of India, which divided their country. While they are a minority in giant India, and having a problematic situation (Singh, 2004), they have a great influence in the progress of India and might be the element for a reunification of India. Interestingly, their leaders start seeing connection and resemblance between Sikhs and Jews. 
• Pashtuns (Pathans) – They are the most bona-fide descendents of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. In the hopeless situation of Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Pashtuns (who live on both sides of the border) are likely to hold the key to war and peace. 
• Africa (Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Rasta, Black Hebrews… ) where the worst ethnic conflicts occur and where there is much need for a cultural basis for unification and effective civil service. Bob Marley and his 'Zionist' hit songs, such as 'Africa Unite' are an example. 
• 'Conglomerate Tribes' in slots suggested by the Biblical scheme.
It seems to me important not to get the scheme overly determined but to leave some 50% of the 'slots' for yet unrecognized groups. Let the Tribes declare themselves as candidates. Perhaps the composition should be re-formed every Jubilee?

Appendix B: The Old-New Jerusalem-Tsiyon Facility

We can touch here just one thread of the many issues of forming such a 'multi-tribal' nation – that of Assembling the Universal New Israel in Cyberspace.

A potential major resource for establishing such a nation nowadays, one that Schonfield could not have conceived, is the personal computer linked worldwide through the Internet to readily access Virtual cyber-Space domains. Interestingly, Jesus himself was already fond of the image of the 'Net' (Matthew 13:47).  Various interfaces are feasible through the burgeoning 'Virtual Communities' and 'Social Networking'.

This author advocates creating an "Interfaith Interface' system of virtual "Jerusalem Games" that exercise participants in both 'Warcraft'-like and novel 'Peacecraft', and which let participants to assume different (and shifting) identities, including those of any of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, past and future. Much like the Olympic Games kept the Greek city-states in some reconciliation, the Jerusalem Games would show how to keep the Tribes of Israel connected and inspired. 

The common goal of the Ascent of the Tribes of Israel (Aliyah) is 'the joint Jerusalem' (Psalm 122:3-4). As noted, Jerusalem is a global problem and challenge for peace. Jerusalem is therefore also a great opportunity and the ideal facility for both 'Warcraft' and 'Peacecraft' action. Thus in our Jerusalem Games design, the whole of the Old City of Jerusalem, through over 3,000 years, is presented as a system of sets of gates, through which the player must pass. Significantly, this is the actual, though unrecognized, very structure of the Old City right now. 

This is not the place to elaborate on the combined dual architecture of Jerusalem – both physical and metaphysical-celestial. Suffice it to say that the visionary future temple of Ezekiel (chapters 40-48) can be translated to the fabric of the (virtual) Old City just as it is now. The Dome of the Rock can likewise be interpreted as the design of the Temple of Solomon as interpreted by its 'Sufi Freemasons' of the 7th century, in anticipation of the ideal future usage. Thus the hopes for restoration of the Temple need not be considered as threats to remove the existing shrines. 

This recalls a likely precedent to the Mondcivitan notion, the Freemasons, who regard themselves as the heirs to the builders of the Temple of Solomon and play by performing associated rituals. It has been often claimed that it was this international association that brought about the establishment of the United States of America, and certainly the grand plan of Washington DC is a testament to Masonic design. But while Freemasonry plays with the symbols of builders of the Temple, the UNI plan and Jerusalem Games would invite the participants to be the pilgrims to, and users of, the future Temple of Jerusalem.
The New 'Zion' as the 'Excellent New Gates for Torah/Instruction'

The strategy outlined above and the scheme of Gates offer also a possibility for changing the orientation and status of Zionism – from derogatory to endearing. The introduction of the canonical work of Qabbalah, the Zohar, interprets the verse "to plant the heavens, and lay foundations of the earth, and say to Zion, Thou art my people" (Isaiah 51:16). The Zohar suggests not to read there ami (עמי, My people) but imi (עמי, with Me), implying that those who are called "Zion" are literally Partner People of God, co-creators who are building the New Heaven and New Earth together with God. This co creation is done by reaching excellent innovative teachings (Excellent, מצוין-Metsuyan, is connected to ציון-Tsion-Zion), referred to as 'Excellent New Gates into the Torah' – where this Torah is understood in the Bible as a new global instruction for the whole world. 


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