Why ‘The Zionist Narrative’?

By David J. Chernobylsky

Narrativedef. a story or account of events or experiences.

For centuries, oral narrative storytelling had been the medium for relating truth and messages from one generation to the next. These oral narratives related the life experiences lived through by previous generations and in this way have continued the passage of great truth, wisdom, knowledge and cultural significance throughout the passage of time. With the advent of writing, narratives were able to be preserved and spread faster to a larger audience. Now, with the advent of the Internet, sharing content has become almost instant. Yet, with so much noise for people to sort through, personal narratives once again began to be lost in translation. Today, the personal narrative is finding its way back to those who wish to gain the insights and wisdoms of the people who have lived in times past, as well those living in the world today.

The Zionist Narrative is of particular significance by the mere fact that over and over, historic event after historic event has kept bringing this narrative to the brink of annihilation. Yet, each time the narrative would return, revitalized by the spark of its own existence. This particular narrative—a narrative that is homologous to the diverse narratives of other people and cultures—is, at the same time, unique in its bond to preserving a self-contained and noble idea to provide safety and happiness to a very large and varying group of individuals who identify with each other through cultural, historical and spiritual means. This idea that is the binding threshold of such individuals encompasses not only the preservation and sovereignty of the Jewish State of Israel as a symbol of freedom, but also as a point of connection and honest respect for Jews and Non-Jews, alike.

“No city in the world, not even Athens or Rome, ever played as great a role in the life of a nation for so long a time, as Jerusalem has done in the life of the Jewish People”

David Ben Gurion, 1st Prime Minister of Israel


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