, Volume 53, Issue 2, pp 153–162 | Cite as

Secular Judaism in Israel

  • I. TroenEmail author
Symposium: The Two Pluralisms: A New Paradigm, Part Two


Secularity among Israel’s Jews retains many elements associated with traditional Judaism. Comprising 80 % of Israel’s Jews, they define themselves as secular but nevertheless “do Judaism” by performing rituals and hold to traditional religious worldviews and values. Such behavior is comprehended in Eisenstadt’s “multiple modernities” as well as Berger’s multiple “altars” and “coexistence.” Such behavior may be explained in a new balance between the traditional triad of Peoplehood/Torah[The Law]/and the Land of Israel that has characterized Judaism through the ages and found expression by a Hebrew-speaking people who imported new and diverse modern concepts and sources of authority in the return to their homeland where they constructed a “Jewish” state of ambiguous meanings.


Secularism Ultra-Orthodoxy Orthodoxy Religious “incoherence” Status Quo Agreement Ben-Gurion Bialik Calderon Israel Democratic Institute Surveys 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NEJSBrandeis UniversityWalthamUSA

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