Contemporary Jewry

List of Papers (Total 23)

In the Eyes of Uman Pilgrims: A Vision of Place and Its Inhabitants

This article is focused on the visions of pilgrimages to Rabbi Nachman’s site located in Uman, Ukraine. Research results are based on the analysis of in-depth interviews with eighteen Americans who have made the pilgrimage, supplemented by reading in secondary sources about pilgrimage and travel, especially American Jewish travel to Eastern Europe. Emphasis is made on the...

Some Epistemological Issues in the Public Debate on Contemporary Antisemitism in France

During the last 15 years, the phenomenon of an increase in antisemitic acts in France has led to numerous commentaries, to people taking public stances, and to some preliminary university-based research studies. In this article, we formulate certain epistemological and moral issues that we always encounter sooner or later when we study antisemitism. By starting with certain...

The Political Use of the Teshuva Cassette Culture in Israel

The present work of ethnography describes the political uses of audiotapes and videotapes by religious fundamentalists in Israel during the 1990s. The article deals with the use of the teshuva cassette culture in constructing Shas’s political message in the 1999 Knesset elections. Shas presented the video- and audiotape “J’Accuse” as a way of contending with the crisis of...

Distancing is Closer than Ever

A concluding word on the exchange on the Distancing Hypothesis.