JEWISH IDENTITY IN MODERN ISRAEL: Proceedings on Secular Judaism and Democracy

JEWISH IDENTITY IN MODERN ISRAEL: Proceedings on Secular Judaism and Democracy
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    JEWISH IDENTITY IN MODERN ISRAEL: Proceedings on Secular Judaism and Democracy


    Editors: Naftali Rothenberg and Eliezer Schweid

    In order to create excitement, one needs a sense of wonder and surprise. Repetition, as rich and beautiful as it may be, elicits boredom. Those who know and love tradition will say that the invariable can also be special. Every Shabbat and holiday can and should be unique. Just as one can never enter the same river twice, one can never celebrate the same holiday twice. Moreover, the regular cycle of events is an invitation to innovative creativity.


    Giving voice to the plurality of Israeli opinion, Jewish Identity in Modern Israel is a collection of articles based upon conferences of the Framework for Contemporary Jewish Thought and Identity at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. Jewish and Arab contributors, including authors, educators, MK's and Rabbis, address such subjects as Being an Arab Citizen in a Jewish Democratic State, Teaching Judaism to Secular Jews, Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State, and Integration of State Law and Halakha. These articles, published for the first time in English, offer readers the opportunity to grapple with some of the fundamental problems of Israeli identity and citizenship, with the aim of revitalizing Jewish thought and extending dialogue beyond the borders of the Jewish State.

    This volume, Jewish Identity in Modern Israel: Proceedings on Secular Judaism and Democracy, is a reflection of the mission of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute's Center for Jewish Culture, established in partnership with the Posen Foundation in the year 2000. The Center for Jewish Culture seeks to serve as an infrastructure to fortify secular Jewish culture among academic and community leaders and Israeli society at large. Included in this goal is the desire to reach out to broader English-speaking Jewish communities throughout the world.

    Rabbi Dr. Naftali Rothenberg is a Senior Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, where he co-chairs the Framework on Contemporary Jewish Thought and Identity and chairs the Center for Tolerance Education. He also serves as the Rabbi of Har Adar.

    Eliezer Schweid, Professor of Jewish Philosophy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Scholar and author of many books on the history of Jewish philosophy, Zionism and Jewish culture in Israel and the Diaspora. Israel Prize Laureate in Jewish Philosophy.

    Hardcover, 236 pages
    ISBN 965-7108-36-5
    Publication: September 2002
    Published with The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

    Praise for Jewish Identity in Modern Israel:

    Collaboratively compiled and edited by Rabbi Naftali Rothenberg (Senior Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute) and Eliezer Schweid (Professor of Jewish Philosophy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Jewish Identity In Modern Israel: Proceedings On Secular Judaism And Democracy is an impressive and informative collection of articles by a variety of different writers, each offering distinct viewpoints and delivered in the conferences of the Framework for Contemporary Jewish Thought and Identity at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. Some contributors are Jewish; some are Arab, and many are authors, educators, MKs or Rabbis. Fluidly translated into English, these articles address the goals of teaching Judaism to secular Jews, how education should be presented in a Jewish and Democratic state, being an Arab Citizen in a Jewish and Democratic state (including doubts and misgivings), and much, much more. A strongly recommended addition to Judaic Studies reference collections and academic reading lists, Jewish Identity In Modern Israel offers the reader a compendium of well-written and thought-provoking selections.
    -Midwest Book Review