Cite: Eisen, War, Revenge and Jewish Ethics

Eisen, Robert. “War, Revenge, and Jewish Ethics: Rabbi Shaul Yisraeli’s Essay on Kibiyeh Revisited.” AJS Review 36.1 (2012): 141-163.





In 1953 the government of the newly founded state of Israel sent an elite army unit to attack the village of Kibiyeh, just across the Jordanian border. The attack was in reprisal for violence against Jewish villages on the Israeli side of the border. Since the end of the 1948 war, armed groups from Jordanian border towns had been infiltrating Israel and terrorizing its citizens, and in one such raid on the village of Yehud, a woman and her two young children were killed. The Israeli attack on Kibiyeh was in response to that incident. Kibiyeh was chosen as the target because the perpetrators of the violence in Yehud had apparently come from there. In the Kibiyeh raid, several dozen Arabs were killed, including women and children. Condemnation of the raid from the international community was swift. Opinion in Israel was mostly supportive of the operation, though a vocal minority opposed it.

ToC: Jewish Law Association Studies 21


Jewish Law Association Studies XXI

Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State

Edited by Asher Maoz


1: Asher Maoz, Introduction

2: Aharon Barak, The Values of the State of Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State

3: Haim Cohn, z’l, The Values of a Jewish and Democratic State.

Studies on the Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty

4: Menachem Elon, Constitution by Legislation: The Values of a Jewish and Democratic State in the light of Basic Law: Human Dignity and Personal Freedom

5: Ruth Gavison, Can Israel be both a Jewish and Democratic State?

6: Asher Maoz, The Values of the State of Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State

7: Ariel Rosen-Zvi, z’l, "A Jewish and Democratic State": Spiritual Parenthood, Alienation and Symbiosis – Can we Square the Circle?

8: Aviad Hacohen, From ‘Juden Shtetl’ (Jewish Village) to ‘Juden Staat’ (Jewish State): Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State:

Theory and Practice

9: Aharon Lichtenstein, Interaction between Judaism and Democracy?

ISBN 978-1-906731-09-0 (hardback), 978-1-906731-10-6 (paperback), 2011, Pp. viii + 321

Ordering Details on the Publications Page of the JLA website (now at


Cite: Hakak, Preventing Defection in the Haredi Community

Hakak, Yohai. “Egalitarian Fundamentalism: Preventing Defection in the Israeli Haredi Community.” Journal of Contemporary Religion 26.2 (2011): 291–310.



Fundamentalist religious communities are usually portrayed as patriarchal in relation to women and authoritative towards children and young people. This article explores three cases in which a fundamentalist group, the Jewish Israeli Haredi (Ultra Orthodox) community uses egalitarian discourses and practices. My claim is that egalitarianism is a tool which the community uses to prevent members from defecting or to bring back members who have defected. Egalitarianism or equality between members can be increased or reduced, according to changing needs. While egalitarianism is emphasised among members, condescension is emphasised in relation to the ‘outside’, often portrayed as unequal and abusive. As part of these attempts, Western psychological, feminist, and democratic discourses, usually considered to be alien to the community, are incorporated.

Cite: Werczberger, Memory, Land, and Identity

Werczberger, Rachel. “Memory, Land, and Identity: Visions of the Past and the Land in the Jewish Spiritual Renewal in Israel.” Journal of Contemporary Religion 26.2 (2011): 269–289.



This study focuses on the creative reconstruction of Jewish history via a spiritual New Age perspective. Using the case of the Jewish Spiritual Renewal (JSR) narrative of the past and the land, this article aims to shed light on some of the cultural transformations which are taking place in contemporary Israeli public discourse, especially the reconfiguration of the association between Jewish history, contemporary spirituality, and the land. The JSR narrative recovers, reinterprets and remolds Jewish history in order to legitimize the claim for a spiritual renewal of the present. By offering new perspectives on the Jewish past and history, the JSR attempts to validate its post-modern and spiritual version of Judaism as an original, uncorrupted form of Jewish thought and practice. The comparison of the JSR narrative with the classical Zionist and Canaanite narrative reveals that the JSR spiritual narrative replaces particularistic and nationalistic values regarding the land with universal and global values concerning nature and the environment, in order to create a universal Jewish spirituality that caters to the identity needs of contemporary non-Orthodox Jewish Israelis.

ToC: Israel Affairs 16,4 (Benedict XVI, Israel and the Jews)

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Israel Affairs: Volume 16 Issue 4 is now available online at informaworldTM.
Special Issue: Benedict XVI, Israel and the Jews
This new issue contains the following articles:

Original Articles

Pope Benedict XVI: a cautious approach to Middle East peace
Pages 467 – 480

Author: J. T. Pawlikowski

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.511798

Benedict and Israel: the possibilities of friendship
Pages 481 – 495

Author: Christophe F. Potworowski

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.511799

Back to the Ice Age? The Roman Catholic Church and Judaism
Pages 496 – 509

Author: Walter Homolka

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.511800

Spiritual infrastructure: memory and moral resources
Pages 510 – 534

Author: Clemens Sedmak

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.511801

Pope Benedict XVI and the Jews: a relationship under suspicion?
Pages 535 – 561

Author: Hans Hermann Henrix

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.511803

Pope Benedict XVI within the context of Israel and Holy See relations
Pages 562 – 578

Author: Mordechay Lewy

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.511804

The Court of the Gentiles
Pages 579 – 598

Author: Daniel Blackman

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.511807

Letter From Israel

Benedict XVI, the Jewish people and the State of Israel
Pages 599 – 605

Author: David Rosen

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.511808


Editorial Board
Pages ebi – 1

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.513824

Reviews: Hashiloni-Dolev, A Life (Un)Worthy of Living

Yael Hashiloni-Dolev, A Life (Un)Worthy of Living: Reproductive Genetics in Israel and Germany. International Library of Ethics, Law and the New Medicine, 34. Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Springer, 2007.


A Life (Un)Worthy of Living




Daniel Sperling, “Review,” Shofar 28.2 (2010): 216-219.