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The Future Of European Jewry—A Changing Condition In A Changing Context?

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Jewish identities and Jewish life presently split along two major dimensions: the transnational dimension, referring to clusters of approaches bearing on the contents of Judaism, and the spatial dimension, drawing spaces within the Jewish world conditioned by place and territory. The transnational dimension essentially refers to shared historical clusters of approaches concerning the contents of Judaism, both in their past and present configuration and dynamics. All transnational clusters are present in Israel, though most versions belong to the national cluster and are pervaded by allegiance to Israel as the primary element of Jewish identity. Awareness of Klal Yisrael and a sense of peoplehood are expressed in strong solidarity with the Jewish world as a whole. Shared religious and historical symbols and historical awareness cross the different spatial realities, their changing meanings notwithstanding.

Keywords:Europe; Israel; Jewish identity; Klal Yisrael



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