Jakob Klatzkin

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Jakob Klatzkin, Yakov/Jakub Klaczkin (Hebrew: יעקב קלצקין‎; Russian: Яков Клачкин) (3 October 1882, Biaroza, Grodno Governorate, now Belarus - 26 March 1948, Vevey, Switzerland) was a Jewish philosopher, publicist and publisher.

Klatzkin was born in Kartoz-Brioza, a son of the local Rabbi Eliyahu Klaczkin.


He rejected the notion of chosenness for the Jewish people, either religious or secular. He argued that the only meaningful goal for Zionism was regaining the land of Israel and normalizing the conditions of Jewish existence. He believed that assimilationists were "traitors to their Judaism".[1] He criticized Ahad Ha-Am for the notion that morality was the key to Israel's uniqueness. He believed that ethics are universal, not the possession of a particular people. He maintained that the spiritual definition of Judaism denied freedom of thought and led to national chauvinism.

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  1. ^ Ludwig Lewisohn (2007) Rebirth - A Book of Modern Jewish Thought READ BOOKS, ISBN 1-4067-4857-9 p 170

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