This book examines religion in Israeli society: what it is and how it functions. Here is a clear picture of how Judaism provides a matrix of continuity for Israeli society notwithstanding a wide diversity of beliefs and practices.
About the Author
Zvi Sobel teaches in the Sociology Department at the University of Haifa, Israel. He is the author of Christianity: The 13th Tribe and Migrants From the Promised Land.
Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi teaches in the Psychology Department at the University of Haifa and is the co-author of The Social Psychology of Religion with M. Argyle and Research in Religious Behaviour: Selected Readings.
Table of Contents
Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi and Zvi Sobel
Part I. The Communal Dimension
1. Conflict and Communitas: The Interplay of Religion, Ethnicity, and Community in a Galilee Village
2. Personal Motivation and Social Meaning in the Revival of Hagiolatric Traditions among Moroccan Jews in Israel
3. The Jerusalem Funeral as a Microcosm of the 'Mismeeting' between Religious and Secular Israelis
4. Tradition and Innovation in Jewish Religious Education in Israel
Part II. Dissent and Religious Alternatives
5. The Identity Dilemma of Non-Orthodox Religious Movements: Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel
6. Back to the Fold: The Return to Judaism
7. Conversion Experiences: Newcomers to and Defectors from Orthodox Judaism (horzim betshuvah and hozrim beshe'elah)
8. Judaism and the New Religions in Israel: 19701990
Part III. The Religiosity Factor
9. Effects of Religiosity on Attitudes and Behavior
10. Dimensions of Jewish Religiosity in Israel
11. Religious, Ethnic, and Class Divisions in Israel: Convergent or Cross Cutting?
Hanna Ayalon, Eliezer Ben-Rafael, Stephen Sharot
About the Contributors