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The Myth of the Cultural JewCulture and Law in Jewish Tradition$
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Roberta Rosenthal Kwall

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780195373707

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373707.001.0001

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The State of Israel’s Role in Forging Jewish Law and Culture in the Post-Holocaust Era

The State of Israel’s Role in Forging Jewish Law and Culture in the Post-Holocaust Era

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(p.225) 8 The State of Israel’s Role in Forging Jewish Law and Culture in the Post-Holocaust Era
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The Myth of the Cultural Jew
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Roberta Rosenthal Kwall

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373707.003.0009

Any discussion applying a cultural analysis perspective to the mesorah must analyze the role of Israel, which occupies a unique place in the hearts and minds of many, though certainly not all, Jews. Chapter 8 examines the multifaceted relationship between Israeli and Jewish law and between Jewish law and Israeli Jewish identity. It addresses these relationships in the context of the following two extraordinarily complex questions. First, what difficulties does Israel face as a Jewish state in striking a balance between Jewish law and its secular laws? Second, what does it mean to be a Jewish state when the majority of Jews in Israel do not observe halakhah? These questions go to the heart of what Jewish identity means in the state of Israel.

Keywords:   post-Holocaust, Israel, Israeli law, secular law, halakhah, Jewish state, Jewish identity

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