A Critique of Israeli Secularism

By Hertzel Fishman

Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), April 1995

In this article the author claims that Israeli secularism has failed to produce a positive definition of Jewish identity. He presents the reasons he views as responsible, and the ways secular Judaism has manipulated Jewish tradition for its political purposes. According to the author, the main wrong was creating a concept of nation detached from Jewish religion. Not all secular thinkers did so, and Ahad Ha'am is brought as an example of one who preserved traditional Jewish concepts in his definition of a Jewish nation. This article is the last of four contributions brought together under the title: "Shades of 'Jewishness'".

Topic: Jewish Identification, Religion, Nationalism, Secularism

Name of Publication: AVAR ve'ATID: A Journal of Jewish Education, Culture and Discourse

Page Number(s): 49-67

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Fishman, Hertzel. A Critique of Israeli Secularism. AVAR ve'ATID: A Journal of Jewish Education, Culture and Discourse. Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI). April 1995: 49-67. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=12838


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