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A Home for All Jews: Citizenship, Rights and National Identity in the New Israeli State

Orit Rozin

224 pp. 6 x 9"

978-1-61168-950-1, Paperback
978-1-61168-949-5, Hardcover
978-1-61168-951-8, Ebook


H-Judaic reviews A Home for All Jews, by Ranen Omer-Sherman, January 2017

Jewish Book Council review, "...appealing to academics and non-academics alike"

Book launch Tel Aviv University [in Hebrew]

Podcast at the Tel Aviv Review, 11.07.2016

The Past is a Foreign Country, The New Rambler Online Review of Books 09.06.2016

A Home for All Jews: Citizenship, Rights and National Identity in the New Israeli State

Orit Rozin

Sheds new light on the inner workings of the early Israeli state and the sensibilities of its population.

Rozin sets her work within a solid analytical framework, drawing on a variety of historical sources portraying the voices, thoughts, and feelings of Israelis, as well as theoretical literature on the nature of modern citizenship and the relation between citizenship and nationality. She takes on both negative and positive freedoms (freedom from and freedom to) in her analysis of three discrete yet overlapping issues: the right to childhood (and freedom from coerced marriage at a tender age); the right to travel abroad (freedom of movement being a pillar of a liberal society); and the right to speak out—not only to protest without fear of reprisal, but to speak in the expectation of being heeded and recognized.

"In her subtle depiction of the redefinition of citizenship through rights campaigns in early Israeli history, Orit Rozin achieves something few have done. Rights have to be transformed from abstractions on paper into realities of practice through struggles over inclusion, and her well-researched case studies vividly demonstrate how the search for inclusion can be contested and differential but nonetheless meaningful and real. The story of the dynamic relation of rights and nationhood told in A Home for All Jews is exemplary for students of the modern experience across the world." —Samuel Moyn, Harvard University, author of The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History

"A Home For All Jews makes an important and original contribution to our understanding of the construction of citizenship during Israel's first decade. Firmly anchored in archival sources, and enriched by theoretical literature on citizenship, rights, and freedoms, A Home For All Jews delineates the pressures that limited the freedoms of Israel's Jewish citizens while noting the populace's willingness to protest and to demand the right to be heard. An engaging, well-crafted, and illuminating book."—Derek Penslar, Harvard University

ORIT ROZIN is a senior lecturer in the Department of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University and the author of The Rise of the Individual in 1950s Israel: A Challenge to Collectivism.

This book was published by Brandeis University Press as part of the Schusterman Series in Israel Studies.