Culture, Religionization and the Ex-Religious

Shira Edri Elitzur, “Wishes”
“Culture is the memory of a nation, its shared consciousness, historical continuity and the way it thinks and lives.” (Milan Kundera) It is not military or economy, but culture first and foremost that defines the character of a nation. As such, the fuss over religionization that is now inundating the media strikes at the heart of Israeli identity. Even more than debates over faith and secularism, liberalism and conservatism, Judaism and democracy – religionization goes to the very cultural character of Israel. The Zionist project–having focused on founding a state, army and economy– not only neglected the establishment of a…