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The Place of Politics

The Notion of Consciousness in Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh's Political Thought

Assaf Tamari

The notion of consciousness change as a political concept has re-emerged as a central issue in recent Israeli political discourse in diverse and seemingly remote groups. The following is a study of some of the contexts and implications of according primacy to consciousness change in political thought, through the tensions between the highly individualistic character of this discourse and its collective language and aims. I focus on one study case, Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, a key figure in both extreme settler groups and current New Age Hasidic revival. Analyzing his political writings, I explore his notion of consciousness as the true place of politics. Finally, I return to the question of the context in which Rabbi Ginsburgh's binding of the political to consciousness should be read, and propose liberal individualism, and the direct line it draws between the individual's consciousness and that of the state, as an alternative hermeneutical perspective.

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The Hyphen Cannot Hold

Contemporary Trends in Religious-Zionism

Hayim Katsman

Against Brother: Violence and Extremism in Israeli Politics from Altalena to the Rabin Assassination . New York : Free Press . Tamari , Assaf . 2014 . “ The Place of Politics: The Notion of Consciousness in Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh's Political