'This book provides useful information about the politis of the Israeli religious-secular divide and its evolution in recent decades. It is also timely in terms of the broader debate about the place of religion in Western democratic societies. Ben-Portat posits an important distinction between secularism and secularization ... Summing Up: Recommended. General readers, undergraduate students, graduate students, and research faculty.' Choice
Guy Ben-Porat's thoughtful new book explores the evolving tensions between the secularization of Israeli society and the constraints imposed by religious orthodoxy. Even though these fissures often have more to do with lifestyle choices and economics than with political or religious ideology, the demands and choices of a secular public and a burgeoning religious presence in the government are becoming ever more difficult to reconcile. This book makes an important and timely contribution to the study of contemporary Israeli society, as it looks beyond the formal arena of politics to understand the changing role of religion in public life.