Non-Jews, without looking it up, do you know what the actual definition of Zionist is?


@emacsen As an exmormon, I'm familiar with how Latter-day Saints define "Zion" as well as how the Hebrew Bible defines "Zion". This has been something of congitive dissonance for me.

If I'm correct, my understanding is that the Hebrew Bible defines it as the physical location of Jerusalem. Latter-day Saints define it as a spiritual gathering of refuge as well as a peaceful state of being.

This always bugged me because it's clear that it's a specific physical location, not a metaphorical one.


Zion is a physical place. It's one of the names of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is where Jewish life has focused its energy for thousands of years. Synagogues have the holy arc pointing to Jerusalem, we mention Jerusalem explicitly during Passover, and so on.

I asked my wife what they actually do in Jerusalem regarding pointing and she said they point to site of the old temple, which makes sense.

If it's metaphorical or not is somewhat complex, I'd say it's both.


> Latter-day Saints define it as ... a peaceful state of being.

If you've ever been in traffic in Jerusalem, it will quickly dissuade you of any such notions.

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