Mordecai is Riding a Horse

Mordecai is Riding a Horse
Purim Celebrations in Tel-Aviv (1908-1936) and the Building of a New Nation
Hizky Shoham

The book deals with the notable Purim celebrations in Tel-Aviv (1908-1936), as part of Zionist civil religion. It traces the history of this invented tradition, from communal balls and neighborhood procession before World War I - to massive balls and a huge local-national carnival in the Mandate period. The detailed description of the celebrations serves as a case-study for two central problems of the Zionist nation-building: the relationship between the city and countryside in Zionist ideology and praxis, and the role of the concept of tradition in the process of nation-building. The Zionist public sphere is analyzed as a central geographical site of national identity-construction, in a wider comparative context of the rise of modern nationalism, along with modernization, urbanization and industrialization. The exclusively Jewish public sphere of Tel-Aviv, and the mass "pilgrimage" to the city in Purim, illustrated the existence of a mass Jewish society in Palestine. The role of the tradition concept is analyzed through the "invented tradition", and the extensive discursive use of the concept of tradition as an apparatus of justification, interpretation, legitimation, and normativity. The tradition discourse is revealed as much more diverse than a narrow debate concerning the rejection or adoption of tradition.
Digital Edition Kotar

Danacode:   110-20192 ISBN:  978-965-226-409-1 Language:   Hebrew Pages:   472 Weight:   1000 gr Dimensions:  16X23 cm Publication Date:   05/2013 Publisher:   Bar-Ilan University Press