The Myth of Nimrod: ‘Canaanism’ between Zionism and Post-Zionism
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The Nietzschean idea of the self-creating overman fused with the Nimrodian of the ‘new Hebrew’ utopia that existed in Palestine at the end of the 1930s. Nimrod, the nativistic symbol of self-construction, was seen as a challenge to exilic Judaism that, it was held, could not serve as a basis for building a national community in a new space. The Nimrods, the ‘new Hebrews’, rebelling against the tradition of their fathers, exuded youthful energy, self-confidence and primitive strength. They sought to instil in the native-born generation a Lebensphilosophie and fighting spirit in place of studiousness, experience in place of reasoning, aesthetics in place of ethics and myth in place of historical knowledge. ‘Nimrodism’ meant authenticity, Nietzschean Hebraism and self-construction.
KeywordsJewish People Jewish History Israel Defense Force Bereave Parent Youth Movement
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