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Finding Meaning: An Existential Quest in Post-Modern Israel

Ofra Mayseless and Pninit Russo-Netzer


This book presents a multidisciplinary academic enquiry into contemporary processes of the search for meaning in the Israeli cultural scene. It incorporates a conceptual framework for understanding the sociocultural Israeli context that facilitates and triggers such search processes. The volume includes theories, data-based insights, and illustrative case studies. The importance and benefits of meaning-making have recently gained a great deal of academic interest, and such processes are always pursued within specific cultural contexts that significantly affect and influence them. The pluralist ... More

Keywords: search for meaning, Israel, post-modern, master narrative, religion, spirituality, Jewish, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190910358
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190910358.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ofra Mayseless, editor
Full Professor of Developmental Psychology, University of Haifa

Pninit Russo-Netzer, editor
Senior Lecturer, Education Department, Achva Academic College

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Front Matter

Part I Introduction

Part II A Quilt of Perspectives of the Israeli Scene: Start-Up Nation, Multicultural, and Trauma and Bereavement Struck

3 Multitopia

Hagar Hazaz-Berger

4 Yearning for Meaning

Udi Lebel and Tzlil Ben-Gal

Part III Developmental Processes and Challenges in the Israeli Search for Meaning

6 The Meaning of Denial

Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi

7 Aging in the Shadow of Trauma

Amit Shrira, Yuval Palgi, and Dov Shmotkin

Part IV Struggling for Identity

9 The Zionist Absurd

Uriel Abulof

11 On Secular and Religious Politics of Belonging

Ayman K. Agbaria, Mohanad Mustafa, and Sami Mahajnah

Part V Between Religiosity and Secularism

15 Judaism Is the New Orient

Marianna Ruah-Midbar Shapiro

16 Jewish Spiritualization as “Meaning Injection”

Udi Lebel, Batia Ben-Hador, and Uzi Ben-Shalom

Part VI Conclusion

End Matter