Polarization: Now at the Fringes, but Endangering the Future.

By Kalman Neuman

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, April 2012

Gloomy prophecies of polarization are endemic in the Jewish state: The Jewish proclivity for dissent, the transformations that our people have undergone in the past 200 years, the attempt to create a polity from an amalgam of immigrants while undergoing a constant military and political crisis -- all make prognostications of schism easy. What are the different axes that could have constituted a basis for polarization among Israeli Jews? Some of the "poles" seem much less worrisome, such as the receding Ashkenazi-Mizrachi gap. Notwithstanding income inequality and the tent protests of last summer, economic issues are not threatening the social fabric.

Topic: Political Behavior, Israeli Jews, Israeli Culture, Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Judaism, Politics

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.42/no.689

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Neuman, Kalman. Polarization: Now at the Fringes, but Endangering the Future.. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. April 2012: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=13924


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