Ben-Gurion’s mythopoetics

Ze’ev Tzahor

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This chapter examines Jewish ultra-orthodox Haredi reaction to the 1973 Yom Kippur War. The author explores the hypothesis by comparing Haredi responses to the Yom Kippur War with their reactions to the Six Day War of June 1967. For purposes of presentation they have divided them into three categories: the first portrays Israeli society in a generally positive light, emphasizing the shared condition of Haredi and non-Haredi society. The second category includes items critical of Israeli society such as caution about raising redemptive hopes, doubts about the depth of religious renewal. The third category includes themes that at least superficially, are neutral in assessing Israeli society. Frequent allusions to the miracle through which G-d saved the Jews of Israel in general and the Israeli army in particular strengthen the Haredi sense of identity with society and the feeling that G-d cares for the Jewish state.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Shaping of Israeli Identity
Subtitle of host publicationMyth, Memory and Trauma
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781135205942
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (all)
  • Social Sciences (all)


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