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Religions 2019, 10(1), 23; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10010023

Sanctifying Security: Jewish Approaches to Religious Education in Jerusalem

Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602, USA
Received: 1 December 2018 / Revised: 19 December 2018 / Accepted: 20 December 2018 / Published: 1 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion, Education, Security)
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While Schmitt’s Political Theology paints modern theories of the state as secularized theological concepts, prominent threads of Jewish religious education in 20th century Jerusalem have moved in a different direction, that is, toward the re-sacralization of such secularized theological concepts. Orthodox Jewish schools in Jerusalem, or yeshivot, take an orthopractic approach to religious education as informing all aspects of life, rather than a delimited set of doctrines or beliefs. As such, questions of security fall within the purview Jewish religious education. To look more closely at the relationship between orthodox Jewish religious education, sanctity and security, I spent seven months enrolled as a student-observer in three Jerusalem yeshivot taking daily field notes, conducting interviews, attending classes, and studying related sacred texts. By examining both Jewish sacred texts and ethnographic data from contemporary Jerusalem yeshivot, this article highlights how geo-political ideals of security in modern Jerusalem are being re-sacralized by contemporizing ancient sacred texts and approaching religious education itself as a means of eliciting divine aid in the securitization process for Jewish Jerusalem. View Full-Text
Keywords: Jerusalem; Jewish education; sanctification; religious education; security Jerusalem; Jewish education; sanctification; religious education; security
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