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The Cultural Code of Jewishness Amanda Mindlin Kevin Khosrowzadeh Angela Stevenson
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The main characteristic of the social and political order in Israe l is its definition as a “Jewish state,” which tends to blur the boundaries between nationalism and religion. This chapter analyzes Jewish primordialism and its institutional and legal consequences. The cultural, social, econom ic, and constitutional conditions of primordialism reinforce one another, raising the “Jewish consensus” above all other conflicting cultures. However, the state is also adm inistered by Western universal secular codes. Although most Israeli Jews are secular, their collective identity is largely defined by terms, values, symbols, and collective memory still anchored in the Jewish religion. The two conflicting value systems are usually managed by
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The Construction of womanhood Gender inequality in the socioeconom ic sphere in Israel resembles that in most Western states. However, in most Western liberal democracies, men and women at least formally share equal legal citizenship. In Israel women are subject to explicit legal discrim ination, because personal status laws are under the jurisdiction of rabbinical courts, which rule according to patriarchal Halachic law. Recently, secular fam ily courts have been established,
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The construction of womanhood Sociologist Nitza Berkovitch believes that woman in Israel have been constructed, not as equal individual citizens, but first and foremost as mothers and wives. Demographic threat  population growth is a national imperative Defense Service Law (1949) – imposes compulsory service on all physically eligible citizens of the state, except for married or pregnant women, mothers, or women who plead reasons of conscience or religious conviction.
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The construction of a democracy Western scholars generally consider Israe l to be a democracy. The following 5 conditions are necessary for a regime to be classified
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2011 for the course CPO 4000 taught by Professor Smith,b during the Fall '08 term at University of Florida.

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