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Athens in JerusalemClassical Antiquity and Hellenism in the Making of the Modern Secular Jew$
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Yaacov Shavit

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774259

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774259.001.0001

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The New Jewish Culture: Ideal and Reality

The New Jewish Culture: Ideal and Reality

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(p.449) 16 The New Jewish Culture: Ideal and Reality
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Athens in Jerusalem
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Yaacov Shavit

, Chaya Naor, Niki Werner
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774259.003.0017

This chapter considers the meaning of culture in the context of the modern Jewish society in Palestine. In modern times, a new cultural environment came into being, in which the market of imported culture played an important role. In both spheres, an attempt was made to exert control, to screen the traits taken into Jewish culture, and to censor the imported cultural market. The identity and the content of the new culture were determined according to the degree of success or failure that met attempts to govern these two spheres on the basis of a predetermined pattern. Furthermore, the chapter argues that culture is not only a system of values but also of practice, of modes of behaviour. The Hellenizing Jew was once accused, not of having adopted the principles of Greek philosophy, but of having emulated and adopted Hellenistic cultural practices. Hence the basic question in relation to the content of a culture is not necessarily what its declared system of values is, but rather what its actual modes of behaviour are.

Keywords:   Jewish culture, acculturation, modern Jewish society, imported culture, cultural behaviour, cultural values, cultural practices, cultural market

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