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Reconstructing the Past: The Creation of Jewish Sacred Space in the State of Israel, 1948–1967

Gideon Bar
Israel Studies
Vol. 13, No. 3, Israeli Secular-Religious Dialectics (Fall, 2008), pp. 1-21
Published by: Indiana University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30245829
Page Count: 21
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Abstract

The outcome of Israel's War of Independence was the main catalyst for the creation of a new map of Jewish pilgrimage sites. Places of only secondary importance before the war now turned into central cult centers. Several categories of the sacred sites are discussed herein: sites in the possession of Jews before the 1948 war that were developed during the 1950s as central cult centers; sacred sites owned by Muslims prior to the war, which were "converted" into Jewish sacred sites during the 1950s; and new Jewish pilgrimage sites created only after the establishment of the State of Israel, whose importance relied exclusively on newly created sacred traditions. The research demonstrates how various official, semi-official, and popular powers took part in the shaping of the Jewish sacred space.

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