The restoration of Palestine as the national homeland of the Jewish people Is rapidly approaching realization. For centuries, pious Jews have prayed for It; for decades, Jewish pioneering colonists have striven for it; for the past twenty years, Jews everywhere have banded together in the Zionist Organization to achieve it. The impelling forces were diverse: the religious, racial, philanthropic, and economic predominated.
But the rapid growth of the Zionist movement in recent years is due, perhaps, in largest measure to the added hope and belief that in a Palestine with an eventual Jewish majority, and therefore in a revived Jewish civilization, the social visions of the people of Israel would be translated Into law and practice: that the Jewish people chosen as ever for service, would thereby be enabled again to offer to the world an example of social Justice, the finest fruit of a nations creative power.
The Pittsburgh Program represents in part this social view: the author of Social Zionism, as one of its makers, is especially fitted to expound its principles, especially insofar as they relate to land and taxation.