The "Who is a Jew?" Controversy: Political and Anthropological Perspectives

By Charles S. Liebman

Bar-Ilan University Press, 1986

The author explores the question of who is a Jew, including the question of how Jewish religion intersects with Jewish nationality, how conversion to Judaism is defined, and how this question has resulted in controversy vis-a-vis Israeli public policy. The author discusses the history of the Shalit case in 1970, and the subsequent legislative attempts made in the Knesset to change Israel's laws regarding the matter. He further analyzes the Israeli public's understanding of the issue, including the question of why non-religious Israelis are often reluctant to allow non-Orthodox conversions to Judaism to receive recognition from Israel's government. Copyright Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel. http://www.biupress.co.il

Topic: Conversion, Public Policy, Religious Denominations, Zionism

Name of Publication: Conflict and Consensus in Jewish Political Life

Editor: Cohen, Stuart , Don-Yehiha, Eliezer

Page Number(s): 101-117

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Genre: Report

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Liebman, Charles S. The "Who is a Jew?" Controversy: Political and Anthropological Perspectives. Conflict and Consensus in Jewish Political Life. Bar-Ilan University Press. 1986: 101-117. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2367


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