This project aims to trace the associations between the religious rabbinical interpretation and contextualization of Jewish history in conjunction with the establishment of the Jewish state and the on-going power struggle defining the state and its’ boundaries. The specific interest is the focus on the translation of issues of identity and identification between rabbinic Judaism and its central institutions, such as, the religious school, the yeshiva, modern religious and historical knowledge of origins, as well as, modern social networks, such as the nationalist-religious yeshivas scattered within the Jewish diaspora, contemporary Israel and the occupied territories of the West Bank.
The scope of this research will allow a thorough understanding of the origin (source) of the particular form of Jewishness related to what can be termed the national-religious “Jewish sign” and the subsequent distribution and translation of this sign undertaken by contemporary actors and networks. The research aims at scrutinizing the national-religious learning institution, the yeshiva, that has become the principal breading nest for growing religious Zionist activism which in recent years, has had a major impact in both shaping contemporary Israeli politics, as well as, generating a “new” form of Jewishness.
Time period: February 1, 2017 - February 1, 2020.