Teshuvah baskets in the Israeli teshuvah market

Asaf Sharabi

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As opposed to the approach that makes a dichotomous distinction between rigid religiosity and soft religiosity, I would like to point to a reality in which these boundaries are blurred. I shall do so by examining the case of the religious revival movement in Israel (the teshuvah movement), which offers a broad range of teshuvah styles, out of which hozrim beteshuvah (penitents) select teshuvah baskets, which they fill and pack themselves, according to their own personal preferences. These teshuvah baskets are dynamic, in that their owners can fill, empty and modify their contents, while they conduct an ongoing critical market survey. This dynamism creates a reality, accompanied by a discourse, which continuously blurs the symbolic boundaries separating the various types of religious supply sources. It demonstrates how practices and beliefs related to soft religiosity are expressed also by those participating in what is generally referred to as rigid religiosity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-293
Number of pages21
JournalCulture and Religion
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • anthropology of religion
  • religion and modernity
  • religious revival
  • teshuvah movement


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