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Sanity and SanctityMental Health Work Among the Ultra-Orthodox in Jerusalem$
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David Greenberg and Eliezer Witztum

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300071917

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300071917.001.0001

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Varieties of Religious Identification

Varieties of Religious Identification

5 Varieties of Religious Identification
Sanity and Sanctity

David Greenberg

Eliezer Witztum

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the four major subgroups within Judaism: secular Jews, traditional Jews, modern orthodox Jews, and ultra-orthodox Jews. Secular Jews consider themselves Jewish by birth alone; they may assign no religious significance to their Jewishness. Traditional Jews retain certain religious practices, usually those with a strong social or family component, such as the traditional family meal on the first night of Passover, or fasting and attending synagogue services on Yom Kippur. Modern orthodox Jews balance a commitment to two sets of values. They retain the range of religious practices while being active in the secular world, accepting all work and study as long as they do not overtly contravene religious law. Ultra-orthodox Jews believe that Jewish law is holy and that religious observance is the first responsibility of Jews.

Keywords:   ultra-orthodox Jews, Judaism, religious groups, orthodoxy

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