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From Supremacy to Anxiety

From Supremacy to Anxiety
Religious Zionism in the First Decade of the State of Israel
Asher Cohen, Dov Schwartz

This book deals with the theological and practical spheres of religious Zionism at the time of the founding of the state of Israel and in its early years. The book examines, on the one hand, the consciousness of the miracle and theological breakthrough in the establishment of the state, and on the other, the reactions of religious Zionism to the issues that concerned daily life. The book describes how solemn sentiments of providence, redemption, and righteousness were mixed with feelings of frustration, persecution, and anxiety in the face of religious Zionism's position as a minority in politics, education, and society in the face of an intensification of secular dominance. The book presents a multidisciplinary analysis of the foundations of religious Zionist consciousness and its patterns of activity throughout challenging years.

Danacode:   110-20296 ISBN:  978-965-226-594-4 Language:   Hebrew Pages:   254 Weight:   500 gr Dimensions:  17x24 cm Publication Date:   06/2020

Introduction                                                                                                                 9

Chapter 1: The Politics of Accommodation: A Historical and Conceptual Framework           13

Chapter 2: Issues of Religion and State                                                                   35

Chapter 3: Between Theology and Ideology: The Union of "Mizrahi" and "Ha-Poel ha-Mizrahi"                                                                                                  61

Chapter 4: Between Vision and Pragmatism: The Rise and Fall of the Concept of a Torah State                                                                                                         89

Chapter 5: The Crystallization of Religious Zionism Consciousness                 135

Bibliography                                                                                                             225

Index                                                                                                                         235

Prof. Dov Schwartz serves as Head of the Department of Philosophy at Bar-Ilan University. He has published numerous books and research on Jewish thought through the ages, including: The Philosophy of Rabbi J.B. Soloveitchik (Three Volumes, 5769; 1990); From Unity to Multiplicity: The Story of Religious Zionist Consciousness (1990); On a Rope: Democracy and Its Values ​​in Religious Zionist Thought (1990); Meetings: Chapters in Jewish Aesthetics (1990).

Prof. Asher Cohen serves as Head of the School of Communication at Bar-Ilan University. His publications deal mainly with religion, society and state in Israel, among them: The Tallit and the Flag: Religious Zionism and the Vision of the Torah State During the Early Days of the State (1998); From Accomplishment to Escalation – The Religious-Secular Rift (2003); Non-Jewish Jews – Israeli Jewish Identity and the Challenge of Jewish Nation Expansion (2007).

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