Because I enjoy Bob Dylan and Theodor Herzl juxtaposed (but not as much as Laya does), I thought I’d share this JTA article about Jerusalem’s new Herzl Museum.
Apparently (unlike Raymond) not everyone loves Herzl:
Hebrew University historian Rachel Elbuiam Dror says that in official Israeli circles, Herzl remains what she calls â€œthe Zionist iconâ€ â€” the man who helped create the Jewish state. But younger people, expressing themselves in music, film and popular culture, challenge that image: They are unwilling to put Herzl on a pedestal, above reproach or question.
In a popular song by the Israeli rap group Dag Nachash, â€œThe Zionist hip-hop,â€ the lead singer imagines confronting Herzl. He tells Herzl of â€œall the details of the cruel and tough reality of Israel/I told him of the traffic accidents/And I told him about the handicapped people on strike/And I told him about the quarter-million unemployed/And I told him about the corrupt politicians/Herzl did not respond, only smiled widely putting his hand into his pocket/I tried to tell him there’s no peace and there is no security and that I’m fed up of living in constant fear/Herzl put a tablet on my tongue and said â€˜If you swallow it, it won’t be a dream.’ â€
“If you swallow it, it won’t be a dream.” Unfortunately, that famous line was cut from the original script of “The Matrix.”