This article examines the ideas of a number of leading Israeli intellectuals on basic questions of secularism and the link between secular Jews and their Jewish heritage. The secular Jews at the focus of the intellectuals' thinking are individualists, men and women of outstanding personality and aptitude. Most of the article discusses their trend towards individualism (which is often only implied). The last part of the article tries to classify the reasons for that trend-some of which are rooted in the political tension inherent in questions of identity and tradition in Israeli society, and others that are the apolitical legacy of spiritual Zionism.
|Original language||English GB|
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Journal of Modern Jewish Studies|
|State||Published - 2009|
- Israel -- Social conditions
- Jews -- Identity
- Secular Jews