Beliefs, Observances And Social Interaction Among Israeli Jews

By Shlomit Levy, Elihu Katz, Hanna Levinsohn

Louis Guttman Israel Institute of Applied Social Research, December 1993

2399 Israelis were interviewed in order to study the religious observances, social interaction, and beliefs and values of Jews in Israel. This study finds that there are certain traditional attitudes, values, and practices embraced by almost all of Israeli Jews: a commitment to Jewish continuity, the celebration of major holidays, and performance of life-cycle rituals. The great preponderance of Israelis express a commitment to Jewish traditions and a desire for Jewish continuity. While there is tension in the relations between groups of different degrees of religiosity, it would be more accurate to say that Israeli society has a strong traditional bent, and as far as religious practice is concerned, that there is a continuum from the "strictly observant" to the "nonobservant," rather than a great divide between a religious minority and a secular majority.

Topic: Continuity, Ritual, Israeli Jews, Tradition, Jewish Identification, Survey, Jewish Continuity, Religion, Values, Secularism

Funder: Avi Chai Foundation

Genre: Report

Coverage: Israel

Identifier: SL/1220/H&E

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Levy, Shlomit. Katz, Elihu. Levinsohn, Hanna. Beliefs, Observances And Social Interaction Among Israeli Jews. Louis Guttman Israel Institute of Applied Social Research. December 1993: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=10781


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