A Contemporary Paradox: Israel and Jewish Peoplehood

By Peter Y. Medding

World Zionist Organization (WZO), 1977

In comparison to the past, contemporary Jewish life is characterized by three factors: an absolute decline in the extent and intensity of Jewish religious practice and belief; a relative rise in importance of the ethnic dimension of Jewish identity; and the over-towering presence, inspiration and claims of the State of Israel. This article examines the way in which these factors are currently inter-related in the light of historical developments, and their impact upon contemporary Jewish peoplehood.

Topic: Faith, Religious Observance, Jewish Identification, Belief

Name of Publication: Forum: on the Jewish People, Zionism, and Israel

Volume/Issue: 26

Page Number(s): 5-16

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel , United States

Language: English

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Medding, Peter Y. A Contemporary Paradox: Israel and Jewish Peoplehood. Forum: on the Jewish People, Zionism, and Israel. World Zionist Organization (WZO). 1977: 5-16. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=14035


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