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Jews in the Age of Authenticity

Jewish Spiritual Renewal in Israel

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Jews in the Age of Authenticity by Rachel Werczberger
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In this book, Rachel Werczberger takes stock of the Jewish New Age spirituality scene in Israel at the turn of the millennium. Led by highly charismatic rabbis, the Hamakom and Bayit Chadash communities attempted to bring about a Jewish spiritual renewal by integrating Jewish tradition - especially Kabbalah and Hasidism - with New Age spirituality. Having spent over two years in field research, Werczberger presents a comprehensive ethnographic account of these two groups, examining their rise and fall after only six years of activity. At the core of their aspiration for Jewish spiritual renewal, claims Werczberger, was the quest for authenticity. She investigates the ways in which the language of authenticity was embraced by the members of the communities in their construction of a new spiritual Jewish identity, their re-invention of Jewish rituals, and their failed attempt at constructing community. She concludes that all these elements point to the dual form of politics of authenticity and identity with which the Israeli Jewish New Age is involved.

Author Biography

Rachel Werczberger received her PhD in sociology and anthropology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She currently teaches at the program for religious studies at Tel-Aviv University and at the Holon Institute of Technology.
Release date Australia
October 26th, 2016
Pages
180
Edition
New edition
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Peter Lang Publishing Inc
ISBN-13
9781433117565
Product ID
26207443

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