Translated Title: Labyrinths of Identity: Narrative Constructions and Identity Strategies
Intergenerational Responses to Social and Political Changes: Transformation of Jewish Identity in Hungary
Topics: Haredi / Strictly Orthodox Jews, Family and Household, Jewish Education, Age and Generational Issues, Main Topic: Identity and Community
Abstract: Jewish identity in the diaspora has always had its problematic sides, particularly in the last 100 years. As a consequence of factors such as secularization, the erosion or dissolution of traditional communities, and rapid assimilation processes, Jewish identity became more problematic, and its borders and definitions more vague, doubtful, or flexible. Definitions of “being a Jew” were relativized; they became various points on a scale that may range from belonging to a ritual community, to a distinct ethnic, religious and/or linguistic group, through belonging to more or less well-defined subcultures and/or traditions, to the point where no Jewish identity exists at all.