Two Dilemmas of Religious Identity and Practice among Israeli Jews

Katz, Elihu
October 2007
Contemporary Jewry;Oct2007, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p157
Academic Journal
The article discusses the results of a study conducted to characterize the Jewishness of Israelis in terms of the nature of their religion and believing. Conducted in 1999, the study was more focused on Jewish's self-defined religiosity, their observances, their identities as Jews and Israelis, their beliefs and values, their attitudes toward each other, and their stand on the role of the state in matters of religion and tradition. After data analysis, the study reportedly produced two major dilemmas. One dilemma centers on the disparity between religious identity of the Jews and Israelis. The other dilemma points out to the role of the state in upholding religious tradition.


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