1st Edition

In Search of Identity Jewish Aspects in Israeli Culture

Edited By Dan Urian, Efraim Karsh Copyright 1999
    296 Pages
    by Routledge

    292 Pages
    by Routledge

    Culture has played a focal role in the shaping of Jewish-Israeli national identity. Since the 1950s, Israeli culture has been disintegrating into simultaneous sub-cultures. The contributors discuss the nature and characteristics of this cultural tension and the nature of Jewishness.

    Part 1 Cultural tension: Judaism in Israel culture, Eliezer Schweid; secular Judaism and its prospects, Charles S. Liebman; between hegemony and dormant Kulturkampf in Israel, Baruch Kimmerling; shall we find sufficient strength? on behalf of Israel secularism, Gershon Shaked; between Rabbi Shach and modern Hebrew literature, Dan Miron. Part 2 The Jewishness of Israeli identity: spiritual rootlessness and circumscription to the here and now in the Sabra World View, Avraham Shapira; the Shdemot circle members in search of Jewish sources, Gad Ufaz; Jewish education in the Jewish state, David Zisenwine. Part 3 Artistic representations of Jewish identity: Sisera's mother and the Trojan women - on universal aspects of the Jewish/Israeli theatre, Eli Rozik-Rosen; from Jew to Hebrew - the Zionist narrative in the Israeli cinema of the 1940s and 1950s, Nurit Gertz; the theme of Jerusalem in the works of the Israeli fathers of conceptual arts, Moderchai Omer; The Dybbuk revisited - images of religious Jews on the Israeli stage, Shimon Levy.


    Dan Urian, Efraim Karsh

    'engaging and dynamic book...This comprehensive collection of articles will be of perticular interest to students and scholars of Jewish-Israeli culture and to any reader with an interest in the subject.' - Religious Studies Review