In the 1920s and 1930s, ambiguity regarding the interplay between courting, sexual relations, marriage, and the status of parents in these relationships was prevalent in Labor Zionist circles in Palestine. This reflected global trends that gained force in the revolutionary years at the end of and immediately following World War I. It also had much to do with Labor Zionist ideology and political and economic conditions in the growing community of immigrant Jewish workers in Mandate Palestine. In handling this ambiguity and trying to help their members avoid or cope with its worst outcomes, Labor institutions filled the gap left by the missing parents and communities that most of its members had left back in Europe and were instrumental in creating new forms of masculine domination.
Jewish Social Studies plays an important role in advancing the understanding of Jewish life and the Jewish past. Key themes are issues of identity and peoplehood, the vistas opened by the integration of gender as a primary category in the study of history, and the multiplicities inherent in the evolution of Jewish societies and cultures around the world and over time. Regular features include work in anthropology, politics, sociology, religion, and literature, as well as case studies and theoretical discussions, all of which serve to rechart the boundaries of Jewish historical scholarship.
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