BETWEEN THE HAMMER OF THE RELIGIOUS ESTABLISHMENT AND THE ANVIL OF THE ETHNIC COMMUNITY: Rabbis of Ethiopian immigrants in Israel

Rachel Sharaby, Aviva Kaplan

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Abstract

This article examines the ambivalent status of rabbis of communities of Ethiopian immigrants who serve within the framework of the religious establishment in Israel. On the one hand, they function in their communities as spiritual leaders who are committed to Jewish law and act as representatives of the religious establishment. On the other, they belong to an excluded ethnic community which perceives them as traitors. Our findings indicate that the marginal status of the Ethiopian rabbis prevents their inclusion and strengthens components of their ethnic identity. Thus, diverse behaviour patterns and various syncretic combinations between religious and cultural elements have been created in their identity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)482-500
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Modern Jewish Studies
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes

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