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Author Topel, Marta F.
Title Jewish Orthodoxy and its discontents : religious dissidence in contemporary Israel / Marta F. Topel.
Published Lanham, MD : University Press of America, c2012.
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 Floor2  BM390 .T654 2012    IN LIBRARY
Description xx, 149 p. ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [139]-144) and index.
Contents The disenchantment of the world and the dismantlement of rabbinical Judaism -- Religion and religious coercion in the state of Israel -- Religious dissidents, the new Marranos and the discontented : or, Of a certain unrest in the Orthodox universe -- Separation : in search of questions -- In the margin of the margins -- Incorporation : a limited number of answers to a great many questions.
Summary "In this book, the author utilizes anthropological research to analyze both macro and micro social processes among secular and Orthodox Jews in Israel. She covers such complex issues as the tensions between the two groups and the radicalization of Israeli Jewish Orthodoxy in the last thirty years. The book also delves into micro social processes such as the long and tortured journey of Israeli religious dissidents and the role of non-governmental organizations in helping these dissidents adapt to secular society. In addition, she discusses the symbolic and ritual paraphernalia that dissidents must become familiar with in order to be successful in their new lives as secular Jews. Jewish Orthodoxy and Its Discontents approaches the phenomenon of religious dissidence within the Jewish Israeli Orthodoxy through the lens of the inverse phenomenon : religious conversion to Jewish Orthodoxy. This outlook is based on theoretical ground as both events constitute a radical change of the ideology of both the social actors and the social structures they have abandoned"--Cover, p. [4].
Subject Judaism -- Israel -- 21st century.
Dissenters, Religious -- Israel.
Orthodox Judaism -- Social aspects -- Israel.
Orthodox Judaism -- Relations -- Nontraditional Jews.
Spiritual life -- Judaism.
Jews -- Israel -- Identity.
ISBN 0761859179 (pbk.)
9780761859178 (pbk.)
OCLC number 794039843