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Dusting Off the Jewish Bookshelf

By David Hazony




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W
hen it comes to Judaism, Israel is a staunchly conservative country. Contrary to the overwhelming conventional wisdom propounded by many of the countrys own pundits, professors and cultural gurus to the effect that the nations Jews can be neatly pigeonholed into a large “secular” majority (perhaps 80% of the population) and a presumably divisive and over-empowered ׂreligious: minority (certainly no more than 20%), the truth is that most Israelis maintain a healthy respect for religious tradition and even a high level of Jewish observance—as has once again been demonstrated in recent months by a number of new cultural “phenomena” which make it clear just how alien Jewish tradition is not to Israels supposedly “secular” Jews.





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