Awkward encounters: Orthodox Jewry and the internet

  • Yoel Cohen Ariel University Center
Keywords: Media and religion, Digital media, Internet, Orthodox Judaism, Jews -- Diaspora, Israel, Jewish law, Ultra-Orthodox Jews


The role which the mass media plays in modern society means that it has become a sub-agent of contemporary religious identities. This broadens the religious and theological significance of the mass media as an agent for the construction of personal (belief) systems. While in traditional societies, religion is based upon the authority vested in religious bodies, in complex industrial societies individuals construct religious meaning from a variety of sources. In the latter, communication about religious and spiritual issues is increasingly mediated through print and electronic technologies. The internet has accentuated the process of mediation within Judaism by linking Jews, irrespective of whether they belong to physical communal structures, to a virtual, worldwide Jewish community. Yet a key question to be examined here is the impact of the internet upon existing religious communities. This study examines this question by looking at the Israeli case, and the impact of the internet upon the religious identity of Orthodox Jewry.
Jan 1, 2013
How to Cite
Cohen, Y. (2013). Awkward encounters: Orthodox Jewry and the internet. Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis, 25, 42-54.