Disciplining Doubt

Joyce Dalsheim

in Unsettling Gaza

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199751204
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895014 | DOI:
Disciplining Doubt

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Left-wing, secular Israeli Jews are annoyed by settler sensibilities. They can’t stand the settlers’ self-righteousness and question their apparent certainty. This chapter approaches that seeming certainty as a window onto the larger issue of the interface of liberalism and its others. Showing that these so-called fundamentalists are not quite as certain as liberals portray them, this chapter explores processes of questioning among religious settlers in Gush Katif. It also investigates the disciplining that prevents this questioning from being heard by a broader audience. Questioning took the form of intimate conversations between believers and their God as people of faith worked through the meanings of events that challenged their beliefs. Attending to this uncertainty and questioning provides insight into the processes through which openings may occur, transformative interstices among a people who are often considered rigid, inflexible, nonreflective, and uncritical. It reveals some of the ways of thinking found among religious settlers about living in the Land of Israel, including ways of living with Palestinians.

Keywords: certainty; uncertainty; left-wing; secular; Israeli; Jews; right-wing; religious; questioning; transformative; conversations with God; living with Palestinians

Chapter.  9985 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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