ERIC Number: EJ1063942
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 81
Mature Zionism: Education and the Scholarly Study of Israel
Alexander, Hanan A.
Journal of Jewish Education, v81 n2 p136-161 2015
A new approach to Israel education has emerged to counteract what has been a tendency to romanticize Israel by avoiding criticism; it presumes that Israel engagement has much to offer a meaningful Jewish identity, but only when encountered critically, taking into account Israel's many complexities. However, prevailing scholarly trends may not provide a clear stance on which to base critique and academic criticism may raise hard questions about the very idea of a Jewish and democratic state. This article addresses these concerns by offering a conceptual framework for scholarly study of Israel called "Mature Zionism" in which to ground a critical engagement with Israel that is genuinely educational.
Descriptors: Judaism, Foreign Countries, Jews, Self Concept, Criticism, Democracy, Guidelines, Religious Education, Nationalism, Social Theories, Self Determination, Justice, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Israel