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David Deutsch

bones was a very famous religious metaphor used by Zionist rabbis and appears in Ezekiel 37. 39 For a comprehensive and analytic review, see A. Ravitsky, Messianism, Zionism and Jewish Religious Radicalism (Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 1998), ch. 2. 40 Dobrin illustrates some social outcomes of the religious legislation hybrid. See N. Dobrin, ‘Israelis married abroad with special reference to the immigrants from the former Soviet Union’, Megamot, 44:3 (2006), 477–​506. 41 See B. Cohen, ‘Holocaust heroics: ghetto fighters and partisans in Israeli society

in Human remains in society
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Kinneret Lahad

enter a committed relationship no matter what, just so that I will not be, God forbid, a single woman … what’s wrong with a little quiet time for myself? (ibid.) Dana Davidovitz, another writer for the Ynet portal, narrates a similar story: At the age of 30-plus, and after a series of disappointing and tedious dates, I have decided to take a break, a sabbatical, a fast from dating, whatever you wish to call it. Nonetheless, in the terms of Israeli society, this is considered a hubristic decision. Who do I think I am, how dare I leave the race to the Hupa [bridal

in A table for one
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Simon Mabon

definition of a Jew. As Gershon Shafir and Yoav Peled argue, this law ‘became the most important legal expression of Israel’s self-​definition as a Jewish state. It established ethno-​nationalist citizenship that, in principle, encompassed all Jews, and only Jews, by virtue of their ethnic descent’.106 This discourse of citizenship was fused with interpretations of the Zionist ideology –​itself contested as to its vision of the state and the construction of society –​and as a consequence, privileged Orthodox Jews as the ‘true keepers’ of the faith within Israeli society

in Houses built on sand
Attitudes towards subversive movements and violent organisations
Ami Pedahzur

sedition as defined in the Penal Code was intended to promote the heterogeneous existence of an Israeli society comprised of a diverse populace. In addition, the legal formulation of the sedition offence was very restrained; that is, in order to convict a person of acts of sedition, it must be proven that there is a ‘considerable’ degree of sedition and that there is a high probability of the commission of violent acts subsequent to the defendant’s proclamation. 64 At this stage, in order to avoid unduly simplified conclusions, we are compelled to

in The Israeli response to Jewish extremism and violence
Israel and a Palestinian state
Lenore G. Martin

incidents initiated by political extremists opposed to the peace process. These are exemplified by the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin in November 1995 and ongoing settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Still, the divisions among Jews within Israeli society over the peace process that have led to a quick succession of coalition governments have not created fundamental opposition to the

in Redefining security in the Middle East
Sharon Weinblum

seekers onto the territory. The infiltrator as a challenge to social order: blocking and controlling undesirable bodies The second storyline frames asylum seekers as destabilising factors threatening the order of Israeli society. This storyline can be summarised by the following recent declaration of the former Minister of the Interior according to which

in Security/ Mobility
Robert Fine and Philip Spencer

already possessed truths, or from a conception of ‘Zionism’ as an evolving essence, or from imposed silences. Our understanding is bound to be distorted if we proceed as if the Holocaust never happened, as if Jews were not forced out of ‘Arab’ lands, as if Israel were never attacked, as if Jewish national movements do not have commonalities with other national movements, as if there is no plurality in Israeli society, and as if violence does not

in Antisemitism and the left
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Borders, ticking clocks and timelessness among temporary labour migrants in Israel
Robin A. Harper and Hani Zubida

raised families in Israel. Although they live on the periphery of Israeli society, children of some migrants – the Israeli Interior Ministry estimates there are about 1,200 children of migrant workers in Israel and an additional 2,000 of refugees/asylum-seekers – self-identify as Israelis and are being socialised as Israelis through the school system (Zubida et al. 2013). Many are stateless, as there are few means to adjust their status and to claim Israeli citizenship or to claim the citizenship of their parents’ countries of origin. Some 600 are awaiting adjudication

in Migrating borders and moving times
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Keeping up appearances
Kinneret Lahad

8 Time work: keeping up appearances Over the years that I have researched Israeli internet portals, I have detected a repetitive, periodical movement. As holidays like Rosh Hashana ( Jewish New Year’s Eve) and Passover, or widely commemorated romantic celebrations like Valentine’s Day approach, Israeli websites begin to publish a range of columns, written by and about single women, discussing their fears of being—and appearing to be—on their own over the holidays. This phenomenon is not unique to Israeli society, of course. One can easily find any number of

in A table for one
Kinneret Lahad

, marriage requires time and preparation. Thus, the delay of marriage is perceived as appropriate; so much so that marrying too young may now be understood as a hasty and less mature mode of behavior. Early marriage in contemporary secular Israeli society may trigger responses like: “What’s the rush?,” “You still have plenty of time,” or “You still have the rest of your life ahead of you.” The two relationship advisors quoted above express their concerns regarding the manner in which many couples shorten or skip over the “necessary” process of building a good relationship

in A table for one