The Jewish People Today: Between Necessity and Freedom

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Ravitzky Aviezer. The Jewish People Today: Between Necessity and Freedom Haifa Israel: Samuel Neaman Institute, 2006.
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This essay is dedicated to dealing with two basic questions: the first focuses on the swift changes that have occurred in our time in the status of the nation and its state - from one of necessity to one of liberty, from determinism to voluntarism, from enforced identity to chosen identity - and the expected ramifications upon the life of the nation and its state of this change. The second question focuses upon the new challenge that the "War of Civilizations" (real or imagined) poses for us. Ravitsky claims that total dedication - military, political, social, cultural, and religious-ethical - to one of the battling cultures distorts the character and unique world of historical Judaism and threatens our collective future.

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