This article provides a short history and evaluation of the changes the Jewish religion and Israeli Jews have undergone in Israeli film and television program depictions from the 1970s to the present. The article examines the negative portrayals of religiosity in earlier Israeli films, which were strongly influenced by Zionism’s inherent animosity toward Jewish religious expression and practice. It then goes on to note the changes in that portrayal since the year 2000, emphasizing the growing complexity of religious imagery in Israeli films. The article concludes by examining recent television programs, which indicate that Jewish religiosity is comprising an increasingly larger portion of Israeli identity in unprecedented ways.
"Secularity and Its Discontents: Religiosity in Contemporary Israeli Culture,"
Jewish Film & New Media: Vol. 3
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/jewishfilm/vol3/iss1/2