A Jewish State

Read by Adrian Praetzellis

(4.6 stars; 44 reviews)

Read in English, this is a pivotal document in the history of Zionism and the State of Israel. Herzl designed this work to elevate the discussion of "the Jewish Question" so it would "no longer take the form of violent abuse or sentimental vindication but of a debate, practical, large, earnest, and political." While few of Herzl's proposals were actually carried out, the importance of A JEWISH STATE was in the groundswell of support for a Jewish homeland engendered by its solutions to the practical problems of establishing a new state. In the words of a contemporary, "[Herzl] made it seem possible." Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl (1860-1904) was a Hungarian writer, political economist, and Jewish activist. (Summary by Adrian Praetzellis) (3 hr 30 min)


Editor's Preface 22:26 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Author's Preface 8:37 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 1 Introduction 28:52 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 2, part 1 The Jewish Question 17:42 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 2, part 2 18:42 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 2, part 3 16:13 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 2, part 4 20:22 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 3 Local Groups 29:11 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 4 Society of Jews & the Jewish State 38:17 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 5 Conclusion 10:33 Read by Adrian Praetzellis


I am not Jewish, but I now Genus when I see it!

(4 stars)

His dismissal of Hebrew as the language of the Jewish state is his greatest mistake, and his derogatory way of speaking of Yiddish and Ladino is reprehensible. It is also funny that he thought that the Jewish state would only need a small military to keep any rebellions down! He didn't think about Hamas, Hezbollah or Iran, he believed that Antisemitism would die out asoon as the Jews left Europe, but Antisemitism is the most persistent hate on earth and it just continued to plague the remaining Jews. And Israel's existence continues to feed Antisemitism, because Palestinians/Arabs/Muslims and leftists refuse to except the fact that Israel is here to stay. Finally the two state solution is bitterly opposed bie the Palestinians/Arabs/Muslims/Leftists so peace in the region is not a possibility unless Israel destroys Hamas in Gaza and the Muslim world make peace with Israel, and even then because of the 1948 flight of the 700 000 Palestinians the problem would be there.

Great insight, Great reader

(5 stars)

Amazing reader, not to mention how interesting the content is, Dr Herzl is extremely intelligent and writes with amazing insight and predicts things to come. This is a good read for a vague understanding and insight of Israel and the Jewish struggle and Zionism. It explains how the setting up of Israel would have happened it briefly touches on what the constitution and government form may be but apart from that it is a purely experimental piece of how the country would at least begin to have its foundations set, it addresses possible problems and critics. It takes a realistic approach to the “Jewish question” at the time from a Jewish perspective and a Zionist one at that. Very good definitely enlightening much to gain from listening to this irrespective of your beliefs.

understanding the context

(5 stars)

Ideas don't develop in a vacuum. By 1896 Zionism (in the form presented by Herzl) had arrived at its time. These days it is often forgotten, or more often never learned, that there were reasons why Herzl identified and developed his idea. However Israel appears and how it develops in the future does not alter the causes that brought modern political Zionism onto the international stage. Another effective reading by Adrian Praetzellis.

A Jewish State

(5 stars)

A must read for people who desire to know the truth on how and why the state of Israel was formed. It was never to be the war machine it is today. THE READER MR. ADRIAN PRAETZELLIS DID A GREAT JOB!

very good, but

(4 stars)

i was listening to it at bedtime and I think I missed a lot. shouls relisten during the day. but the voice is so great! totally worth it <3

Valuable history somniferously read

(3 stars)

The book is interesting, but the reader sounds unnaturally flat and unpunctuated. It's a pamphlet for the masses, not an academic dissertation on the history of cabbages.

very good recording. editing is a bit off in chapters 1 and 2

(4 stars)

2 but otherwise really good

(5 stars)

Pure enlightenment throughly enjoyed. My people need and can readily use. Thank you