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Author: Ilan Peleg
Date: Summer 2022
From: Israel Studies(Vol. 27, Issue 2)
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Document Type: Article
Length: 1,214 words
Lexile Measure: 1600L

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THE EIGHT ESSAYS PRESENTED IN THIS SECTION CONSTITUTE THE second collection in our series "Israel Dialectics." (1) The raison d'etre of this section is a call for scholarly dialogue on issues which by their very nature are controversial, representing diverse perspectives on contentious issues, rooted in a variety of opinions and value systems. The dialectical nature of this section is reflected in the different sets of facts presented by scholars to buttress their arguments, but also, and even more prominently, their argumentations which are based on their own normative beliefs. It is our hope that the call for a scholarly debate and the confrontation of disparate, or even opposing views in this section will result in the formulation of fresh approaches.

With this philosophy in mind, the editors of Israel Studies, Natan Aridan and Arieh Saposnik, and I as guest editor for the Israel Dialectics section, have engaged in numerous and lengthy discussions on potential topics that qualify as eminently "dialectical" and pertinent to our readers in the hope that the articles presented here will evolve new paradigms. We agreed that "Religion, State and Society in Contemporary Israel" remains one of the most divisive issues in Israel and would benefit greatly from further treatment by scholars. As Israel's Minister of Religious Services Matan Kahana maintained in a recent interview, "The biggest rift among Jews in the State of Israel stems from issues of religion and state." (2) It is a rift reflected clearly in this collection of articles.

In consultation with members of the Israel Studies Editorial Board, we invited leading scholars in the field to contribute articles to the issue. The tension between Israel's self-image as a modern secular state and its connection with the Jewish religious tradition of many of its citizens has persisted since independence. The State is also home...

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