Law and Identity in Israel: A Century of Debate

N. Kedar

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What makes Israeli law Israeli? Why is the word “Jewish” almost entirely absent
from Israeli legislation? How did Israel succeed in eluding a futile and dangerous
debate over identity, and construct a progressive, independent, original, and
sophisticated legal system? Law and Identity in Israel attempts to answer these
questions by looking at the complex bond between Zionism and the Jewish
culture. Forging an original and “authentic” Israeli law that would be an expression and encapsulation of Israeli-Jewish identity has been the goal of many Jewish and Zionist jurists as well as public leaders for the past century. This book chronicles and analyzes these efforts, and in the process tackles the complex meaning of Judaism in modern times as a religion, a culture, and a nationality. Nir Kedar examines the challenges and difficulties of expressing Judaism in, or transplanting it into, the laws of the state of Israel.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781108670227
ISBN (Print)9781108484350
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameCambridge Studies in Law and Judaism


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