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Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities

Contemporary Alternative Spiritualities in Israel

Editors: Feraro, Shai, Lewis, James R. (Eds.)

  • Engages several important case studies unfamiliar to many scholars, such as the Baruch movement and Olumba
  • Presents an interdisciplinary approach, focusing on sociology of religion as a methodology but also making use of history, anthropology, and critical theory lenses
  •  Illustrates Israeli religious diversity and investigates the challenges the country faces balancing its historic legacy with modern demands for a plural society
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This volume is the first English-language anthology to engage with the fascinating phenomena of recent surges in New Age and alternative spiritualties in Israel. Contributors investigate how these New Age religions and other spiritualties—produced in Western countries within predominantly Protestant or secular cultures–transform and adapt themselves in Israel. The volume focuses on a variety of groups and movements, such as Theosophy and Anthroposophy, Neopaganism, Channeling, Women’s Yoga, the New Age festival scene, and even Pentecostal churches among African labor migrants living in Tel Aviv. Chapters also explore more Jewish-oriented practices such as Neo-Kabballah, Neo-Hassidism, and alternative marriage ceremonies, as well as the use of spiritual care providers in Israeli hospitals. In addition, contributors take a close look at the state’s reaction to the recent activities and growth of new religious movements.   

About the authors

Shai Feraro is a PhD student at Tel Aviv University’s School of Historical Studies, Israel. He acts as Secretary of the Israeli Association for the Study of Religions. His scholarly interests lie in the connection between new religions and gender issues, and he specializes in the study of Neopaganism in North America, Britain, and Israel.

James R. Lewis is an extensively published scholar in the fields of new religious movements and religion and violence. He is currently Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tromsø, Norway. 

Reviews

“Much has been written on traditional Jewish religion, but little on present-day alternatives in Israel. This volume is a fascinating and lucidly written collection of essays spanning a range of new forms of spirituality and new expressions of ancient faiths. The anthology is a highly valuable resource, both for the general reader and for subsequent researchers who decide to explore the field further.” (George D. Chryssides, York St John University, UK)

“This volume is an important contribution to the study of New Age in Israeli society. The anthology, the first of its kind in English, includes studies of diverse topics such as New Age Judaism, Spiritual care in medical organizations, the attitude of the state to New Religious Movements, Channeling, and other aspects of contemporary spirituality. The volume highlights the transformation, adaptation, and reaction to contemporary western spirituality in Israel and offers an important contribution to the study of the local and global aspects New Age culture.” (Boaz Huss, The Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • A Sacred Time in the Sacred Land: Authenticating the Past in New Age Judaism

    Werczberger, Rachel

    Pages 3-19

  • Kabbalah Through the Utilitarian Prism: Contemporary Neo-Kabbalah in Israel as a Form of Consumer Culture

    Persico, Tomer

    Pages 21-38

  • Body and Soul in Yemima Avital’s Teachings and in Her Students’ Testimonies, Philosophies and Practices

    Ramon, Einat

    Pages 39-55

  • Individualization of Jewish UnOrthodox (Alternative) Wedding Rituals in Israel

    Prashizky, Anna

    Pages 57-79

  • The Incorporation of Spiritual Care into Israeli Medical Organizations

    Zaidman, Nurit

    Pages 83-94

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eBook $74.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-53913-7
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $95.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-54741-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contemporary Alternative Spiritualities in Israel
Editors
  • Shai Feraro
  • James R. Lewis
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-53913-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-53913-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54741-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 249
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 illustrations in colour
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