Liat Steir-Livny, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer. Holocaust Studies, Film Studies & Cultural Studies  


The Comeback of Jewish Diaspora in Israeli culture

Liat Steir-Livny 2013

Identity in transition in Israeli culture

The article analyses the changes in the perception and representation of "Hagalut" ["The Diaspora"] in Israeli culture in the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. The opening will discuss the ambivalence in Eretz-Israeli culture, and from 1948 until the 1960s in Israeli culture towards the diaspora. The prominent part of the article discusses the changes since the 1960s in the attitude towards the roots of the Jews in the eastern and western parts of the world, and their representation as a source of Nostalgia and an integral part of the Israelis' identities.

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Israeli culture, Diaspora, New Jew, Old Jew, Immigrants, Immigration, Collective memory


Steir-Livny, Liat. "The Comeback of Jewish Diaspora in Israeli culture". Yael Munk, Adia Mendelson-Maoz, Sandra Meiri and Liat Steir-Livny (eds), Identity in transition in Israeli culture, a book in honor of Prof. Nurit Gertz. Ra'anana: The Open University, 2013, pp. 461-481. [Hebrew].

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