from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The condition of being a people or one of a people: "As symbols go, few are as national and sectarian as the menorah. It is the symbol of Jewish peoplehood” ( Charles Krauthammer).

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  • n. The collective sense of being part of a distinct people.


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people +‎ -hood


  • He acknowledged that for the notion of peoplehood to catch on, it will need to be adapted for modern realities and be reconciled with opposing notions like individual identity and ideology.


  • But even I, someone who thinks the case for Jewish "peoplehood" is often overstated and overly nostalgic, felt Messinger had taken the universal argument too far.

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  • The real outrage to American Jewish sensibilities is to oppose the religion of Jewish peoplehood, which is distinct from Zionism but fundamental to American Jewish identity both generally and with Zionism. "

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  • "peoplehood" than adherence to a body of doctrines.

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  • Since the establishment of the state in 1948, the term “Zionism” has come to mean the continued belief in the worldwide “peoplehood” of Jews, the collective desire and responsibility to support the state of Israel as their physical and spiritual homeland.

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  • Jews argue from every viewpoint about tradition, peoplehood and always about Israel.

    Rabbi David Wolpe: In Israel Debate, These Jews Should Be Ignored

  • No laws against corporations – they are the greatest form of peoplehood!

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  • Thankfully, the haggadah is long enough to allow for a very diverse list of Jewish thinkers, ideas and traditions that would enrich the evening with the glow of peoplehood.

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  • Before this schism becomes irreparable, those ultra-Orthodox rabbis and leaders who still adhere to the concept of Jewish peoplehood would do well to ponder the words of another Hasidic master, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk, as taught by Elie Wiesel, "We are going farther and farther away from the light at Sinai, yet we do not come any closer to the light of the Messiah!"

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  • There would be no sense of peoplehood, none of the untaught affections of those who are part of an organic social unit that shares the same destiny.

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