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Kach: Life after death

Rabbi Meir KahaneA thousand conservative activists gathered in Jerusalem to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Rabbi Meir Kahane’s assassination.

A marked increase from the previous years, the number shows Kach’s potential to become a truly proselytizing movement. Such movements typically explode within a few years after the founder’s death, when desperate followers find relief in spreading his word. Mythologized, the founder becomes a symbol. The leader’s ugly deeds are explained in historical context, and he enters the national pantheon.

Just as Stern, Begin, and Shamir transformed from terrorists into national heroes, we can expect the same process to turn Rabbi Kahane into an officially recognized Jewish ideologue. His writings and videos are available for free download on our site.

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