Jewish Practice and Popular Culture in Israeli Society

By Charles S. Liebman, Yaacov Yadgar

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, 2004

The authors argue that in Israel today, unlike thirty years ago, there are considerable differences in the values expressed by the Israeli state culture on the one hand and the culture expressed by the media on the other. They discuss the complexity of identifying oneself along the religious/Jewish spectrum, the relationship between this identification and Jewish practice, and how important these practices are in the lives of the people who observe them. While they discuss why the state culture has lost the impact and influence it once had, their focus is primarily on the public or civic culture and on how the public media is directed to the broad spectrum of the Israeli-Jewish population rather than a specific segment of the population.

Topic: Peoplehood, Mizrahi Jews, Media, Jewish Identification, European Jews, Ashkenazi Jews, Jewish Identity, Holidays, Identity

Name of Publication: Iyunim B'tkumat Yisrael

Volume/Issue: 13

Page Number(s): 163-180

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Liebman, Charles S. Yadgar, Yaacov. Jewish Practice and Popular Culture in Israeli Society. Iyunim B'tkumat Yisrael. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. 2004: 163-180. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11964


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