Russian Identity and Language

By Sofia Solomonick

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), May 2006

The author describes the immigrant's search for identity. She argues that between two basic Zionist concepts - kibbutz galuyot, the ingathering of Diaspora Jews in Israel, and the sabra, the prickly pear that symbolize native Israelis - is buried a fundamental contradiction. As the early 20th century Zionists sought to distance themselves from the old image of a Jew, that anti-Diasporian sensibility in Israel promoted a "split" peoplehood. Russian immigrants, trying to preserve their Russian identity, are calling for legitimacy to live in "between" within a society that would be ready to treat them not as Russian expatriates, but as equal co-speakers in Israeli society.

Topic: History, Peoplehood, Aliyah, Soviet Jewry, Immigration, Acculturation, Nationalism, Zionism

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

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.36/no.631

Page Number(s): 13-14

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Former Soviet Union (FSU) , Israel

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Solomonick, Sofia. Russian Identity and Language. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). May 2006: 13-14. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=6753


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