International Journal for the Study of New Religions, Vol 5, No 1 (2014)

Modern Paganism in the Holy Land: Maintaining a Community- Building Discourse among Israeli Pagans, 2011–2013

Shai Feraro
Issued Date: 31 Jul 2014


Israeli Pagans are a small and relatively new spiritual community, that have taken root in country in recent years. This article will analyze the contemporary discourse maintained by Israeli Pagans when discussing questions of organization and of religious-political rights. As such it will deal with the complexities of identifying oneself as a (Jewish-born) Pagan in Israel, the nation state of the Jewish people. I will argue that although Israeli Pagans may employ a community-building discourse, they constantly fear the perceived negative consequences of public exposure, and see the bond between (Jewish) religion and the state in Israel as a main factor in the intolerance and even persecution that they expect from the government and from members of the Haredim (Ultra Orthodox) religious group.

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DOI: 10.1558/ijsnr.v5i1.3


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