100 Years "Ha-Shilo'ah" Periodical stamp
The stamp issued in December 1996, commemorates the one hundredth anniversary of the "Ha-Shiloah" periodical, first published in Berlin, Germany in 1896. The stamp features the portrait of the editor, Ahad Ha'Am (Asher Zvi Ginsberg), with the headline, in Hebrew, "Monthly Periodical for Science, Literature and Vital Issues." The tab bears the inscription "100 Years Ha'Shilo'ah Periodical." Asher Zvi Ginsburg, later knon by his pen name Ahad Ha'am, was born in the Ukraine, grew up in a Hassidic home receiving a Jewish religious upbringing. Leter he settled in Odessa and became the leader of the Hibbat Zion movement ("Lovers of Zion"), prevalent in Russia and Romania. These idealistic Zionists were not prepared to take up the political cause of Zionism in the Diaspora, basically because of fears of the authorities and, towards the end of the century, engaged in "practical" work mainly establishing small settlements in the land. Ahad Ha'am sought an ideological alternative when the "Lovers of Zion" leaned towards aliyah and settlement in Palestine in the early 1880's under Russian persecution. He considered educational work a prior condition to settlement in the land. He became manager of the Ahi'asaf Publishing House and editor of the monthly Ha'Shiloah magazine, published first in Berlin in 1896, to provide a voice to "Cultural Zionism" as against "practical Zionism" on one hand, and "political Zionism" on the other, which supported the solution to the Jewish problem in a single stage, by establshing a Jewish state. Ahad believed that "training for statehood" must precede the establishment of a state. He claimed that the current role of Zionism was to educate the Jews regarding their national identity, which would preserve them as an entity. He supported the idea that a cultural centre should be established in the land to serve as a point for the national training of the Jews. Ha'Shilo'ah became the most important literary Hebrew language periodical and the main organ of cultural Zionism and classical Hebrew literature in Eastern Europe.
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