Israel is defined as a “Jewish and Democratic State”. What does that mean for people’s everyday life? Tzivia shares her perspective on the triangular relationship between society, institutionalized religion and personal belief in Israel and gives an insight into the tensions between ideas and values of a modern liberal democracy and religious traditions.
Going to the synagogue three times a day, praying with a branch of a palm tree and eating kosher food. Orthodox Judaism demands many rules to be obeyed. Shahar from Israel, an orthodox Jew himself, explains how he managed to keep his lifestyle while attending the EUSTORY Summit:
“Bravery and strength: the story of my explorations concerning my grandmother’s time in post-WW2 Europe”(2012). Sjur’s competition entry is the story of his Israeli grandmother’s time in Budapest, Hungary from 1946 to 1948, as well as her journey from Israel through Europe to get there. Sjur first began to get interested in this part of his family’s heritage on a family trip to Budapest in August 2011 with sixteen family members there, including his grandmother. She had volunteered to work for the Joint Committee on European Jewish Affairs which was an organisation initiated by several rich American Jews in order to supply financial and active support to the Jews of Europe who had survived the Holocaust. In 1946, at 25 years of age, she traveled to a city in which she kne...[Read More]