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Myth and Tradition in Israel's Political Life

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Publication Date: January 1984

Publisher(s): Middle East Institute (Jerusalem)

Author(s): Liemban Charles S.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Social conditions (History)
Social conditions (Social values)

Keywords: Israeli Jews; Society; Values

Type: Report

Coverage: Israel


In The Jerusalem Quarterly 31 (Spring), 3-9. This essay is concerned with how values shape the formation of a myth; i.e., the description of the past. What I would challenge is the ostensible sequence of: event - description - value. I want to show how values shape description - how a story of the past from which we ostensibly derive meaning or value applicable to the present is shaped by the values of the present.