Isaiah's flame: Brandeis's social-liberal and Zionist tradition

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Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856-1941) evolved from a political liberal, committed to free competition, hard money and honest government, to become in his maturity a social liberal chiefly pursuing social justice and free speech. In the Supreme Court (1916-1939) he remained faithful to his liberal and progressive parameters. Since about 1905 he evolved from being a half-assimilated Jew to an identified Jew and a Zionist. His original concept of Zionism was as a mission to achieve higher social goals. However, from about the mid-1920s he intensified his Zionism as a vital goal in itself. His synthesis of Progressivism and Zionism gradually came to be the classic tradition of all major American Zionist and pro-Israel trends.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-220
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Modern Jewish Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


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