That uncertainty towards religion and religious symbols confront the I-chronicler in many chronicles written by Sayed Kashua. For this I-chronicler, Man should be the master of his own destiny. The term refers to the ultra-orthodox Jew. This belief in a Man who steps beyond the limits of formal religion leads to the identification of the other by attributes other than traditional religious. Other characters of Arab background in the chronicles of Sayed Kashua also escape, or wish to, religious conventionalism. Heresy is permitted. The state will not have a religion.
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In another chronicle, 37 the I-chronicler mentions his desire to go to a secular country. Oy 24 New Zealand, where 40 percent of the inhabitants are considered to be secular and without religious affiliation. On top of which, the New Zealand air will undoubtedly do wonders for my complexion. In a certain chronicle, 38 he listens to the radio and hears a sermon from an imam Friday morning.
Well, according to this imam, who certainly displayed expertise in the material and made use of quotations from the Prophet Mohammed and other stories, a Muslim is not allowed to be pessimistic. Optimism is the Muslim's natural state and he must cling to optimism and spurn pessimism, even when the going gets very tough. So he decides: "Next week, inshallah, he'll improve and write something decent.
The I-chronicler sees in religion and in religious laws a way of keeping a minority group united. This is how the I-chronicler understands Israel, not only as a Jewish State, but also as a religious Jewish State, which for him mean different things.
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Jewish history has become an integral part of my history. So how can I fall asleep when the Palestinian president is scheduled to speak the next day and hurl mud at the country I live in and at the nation within which I breathe?
It is not the one determined by the national categories and that serve the purposes of organization according to religion and justification for the ownership of land and privileges. It is a religion which becomes flexible according to individual beliefs and needs. Religious Jews fast during that day. He's been recommended by absolutely everyone. He's cut half of Jerusalem without a problem. To which she replies: "Hey, if we have to live in Jewish state, then why not take advantage of what it offers? Changing this concept means, theologically, to change the unique relation that Jews, as people, believe to have with God and with non-Jewish as well.
He tries to generate from them something new, which regards people according to their political and individual views, as people who live together, who influence and are influenced by others. It is in that sense that Sayed Kashua creates in his chronicles new religious attitudes, new conceptions of beliefs and religious practices: religions and beliefs that speak of and to real people.
Sayed Kashua creates new political, ethnical, religious and linguistics categories which, due to their surreal possibilities, shocking and shattering established labels, make Israel a country far removed from its statistics, whose people do not fit stereotypes. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License , which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and build upon your work non-commercially. Withdrawal Policies Publication Ethics.
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