By Professor of Sociology Eliezer Ben-Rafael

Who and what's a Jew? Is there any universal denominator among an ultra-Orthodox rabbi of an Israeli North African neighborhood and a Berkeley educational of the flow for a mundane and Humanistic Judaism? Do Jews internationally convergre and emphasize their team spirit or do they percentage contrasting suggestions of collective identification? half I of this publication provides a scientific dialogue of Jewish identities during this period of (post)modernity. the chance is accessible by means of a suite of precious texts, which seem partially II. those texts approximately Jewish id have been invited, in 1958, by means of Ben-Gurion from 50 intellectuals - rabbis, writers, scientists and legal professionals -, from the Diaspora and Israel, consultant of the crucial streams of up to date Jewish inspiration. This publication is usually on hand in paperback.

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Nonetheless, voicing the opinions of all members of the Enlightenment, Rabbi Yitzhak Baer Levinsohn introduced innovative ideas, such as the obligation to learn the national language, the need for efforts to increase the productivity of Jewish people, and the institution of changes in Jewish education. Consequently, similar to developments in Central Europe, the Enlightenment founded “new” schools and “reformed” elementary schools that taught in Russian, and designed programs for agricultural settlement.

In these countries, fundamentalism aroused an enthusiasm and engendered an activism that left radical Marxism, the leading political and emotional force of the first decades of the 20th century, far behind (Kimmel, 1996:72). Ben-Rafael2/f2/1-7 6/18/2002 1:50 AM Page 5  5 circumstances, so particular conditions might strengthen or weaken this link. Taken as a whole, theories indicate a distinction between two levels of discussion in relation to collective identity. ” Following Levi-Strauss (1961), deep structures are thus seen as the factors that shape the “basic” collective identity.

She found that different individuals associate that identity with different elements—faith, community, ethics, culture, or emotional significance—and give them different weights that change at different stages in their lives. While our own approach is similar, it focuses on the content of identity itself, considering the various formulations of the collective identity of Jews both diachronically and synchronically. What we are seeking to identify is the endemic dialectic of the continuity or discontinuity of Ben-Rafael2/f2/1-7 6/18/2002 1:50 AM Page 7  7 Jewish identity from one period to another and between one school of thought and another.

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