Israel education: A philosophical analysis

Benji Davis, Hanan Alexander

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This paper offers a philosophical analysis of Israel education as reflected in the Jewish education research literature. Six distinct conceptions are identified that all share an educational objective to engender personal and collective Jewish commitment with Israel as an integral value. This conceptual mapping revealed the need for writers on Israel education to clarify what they mean by the idea of Israel’s “complexity” and to address the philosophical difficulty with the reliance of much Jewish religious identity outside of Israel on comprehensive liberalism. This paper addresses this philosophical challenge by outlining an alternative paradigm of Israel education called mature Zionism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-33
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Jewish Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2023

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  • Israel education
  • Israel engagement
  • Zionist education
  • teaching Israel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Religious studies


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