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2019 Annual Assessment

Jewish religious cultural creativity in 2019 (5779) was to a large extent preoccupied with questions in regard to the basic conditions of Jewish life, religion and culture. Is the State of Israel a secular alternative to Jewish religious existence or an opportunity to enhance and make more complete the practice of the Jewish religion? Can Jewish culture develop and flourish under conditions of the modern Diaspora, that is, in a mental environment constituted by an alien language and conceptual vocabulary? Various approaches and answers were given to these questions. What seems certain is that the works issued in the past year – in Halacha, Jewish, and Israeli thought, translation and philological scholarship will fuel the discussion of these questions for years to come.