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The roots of the culture of Israel
Israel
developed long before the independence of the State of Israel
State of Israel
in 1948 and traced back to Ancient Israel
Israel
(c. 1000 BCE). It reflect Jewish culture, Jewish history
Jewish history
in the diaspora, the ideology of the Zionist
Zionist
movement that developed in the late 19th century, as well as the history and traditions of the Arab Israeli population and ethnic minorities that live in Israel, among them Druze, Circassians, Armenians and more. Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
and Jerusalem
Jerusalem
are considered the main cultural hubs of Israel. The New York Times has described Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
as the "capital of Mediterranean cool," Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet
ranked it as a top ten city for nightlife, and National Geographic named it one of the top ten beach cities.[1] With over 200 museums, Israel
Israel
has the highest number of museums per capita in the world, with millions of visitors annually.[2] Major art museums operate in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa
Haifa
and Herzliya, as well as in many towns and Kibbutzim. The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
plays at venues throughout the country and abroad, and almost every city has its own orchestra, many of the musicians hailing from the former Soviet Union. Folkdancing is popular in Israel, and Israeli modern dance companies, among them the Batsheva Dance Company, are highly acclaimed in the dance world. The national theatre, Habima was established in 1917. Israeli filmmakers[3] and actors[4] have won awards at international film festivals in recent years.[5] Since the 1980s, Israeli literature
Israeli literature
has been widely translated, and several Israeli writers have achieved international recognition.[6]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Impact on Western civilization 1.2 'Melting pot' approach

2 Language 3 Education 4 Philosophy

4.1 Ancient Israel 4.2 Modern Israel

5 Literature and poetry

5.1 Ancient Israel 5.2 Roman Judea 5.3 Old Yishuv 5.4 Modern Israel

6 Science and technology

6.1 Ancient Israel 6.2 Modern Israel

7 Visual arts 8 Performance art

8.1 Music 8.2 Dance 8.3 Theatre

8.3.1 Roman Judea 8.3.2 Modern Israel

8.4 Cinema

9 Museums 10 Cuisine

10.1 Ancient Israel 10.2 Modern Israel

11 Fashion 12 Sports 13 Youth movements 14 Outdoor and vacation culture 15 Wedding customs 16 See also 17 References 18 External links

History[edit] See also: Demographics of Israel With a diverse population of immigrants from five continents and more than 100 countries, and significant subcultures like the Mizrahim, Arabs, Russian Jews, Ethiopian Jews, Secular Jews
Jews
and the Ultra Orthodox, each with its own cultural networks, Israeli culture is extremely varied. It follows cultural trends and changes across the globe as well as expressing a unique spirit of its own. At the same time, Israel
Israel
is a family-oriented society with a strong sense of community.[7] Impact on Western civilization[edit]

The statues of Moses
Moses
by Michelangelo
Michelangelo
(left) and David
David
by Nicolas Cordier are examples of Western art, influenced by the Hebrew
Hebrew
Bible. The bible is a cornerstone of Western culture[8]

Ancient Israelite
Israelite
Judaism
Judaism
is the foundation of Western morality.[9] It impacted the West in a multitude of ways, from its ethics to its practices to monotheism;[10] all of its benefits largely impacted the world through Christianity.[11] The Hebrew
Hebrew
Bible, authored by Jews
Jews
in the Land of Israel
Land of Israel
from the 8th to the 2nd century BCE,[12] is a corner stone of Western civilization.[8] Around 63 BC, Judea
Judea
became part of the Roman Empire; around 6 BC Jesus
Jesus
was born to a Jewish family in the town of Nazareth, and decades later crucified under Pontius Pilate. His followers later believed that he was resurrected, inspiring them to spread Judaism
Judaism
throughout the world. Christianity also spread through the Greco-Roman world. Later this would lead to the creation of the West itself.[13] Christianity, the religion of the West and essential religion of the Western World,[8] grew from Judaism[14][15][16] and began as a Second Temple Judaic sect in the mid-1st century.[17][18] The New Testament, authored by first-century Jews,[19] is one of the bedrock texts of Western Civilization as well.[20] 'Melting pot' approach[edit] See also: Religion in Israel
Religion in Israel
and Jewish diaspora With the waves of Jewish aliyah in the 19th and 20th centuries, the existing culture was supplemented by the culture and traditions of the immigrant population. Zionism
Zionism
links the Jewish people to the Land of Israel, the homeland of the Jews
Jews
between around 1200 BCE
BCE
and 70 CE (end of the Second Temple
Second Temple
era). However, modern Zionism
Zionism
evolved both politically and religiously.[21] Though Zionist
Zionist
groups were first competing with other Jewish political movements, Zionism
Zionism
became an equivalent to political Judaism
Judaism
during and after the Holocaust. The first Israeli prime minister, David
David
Ben Gurion, led a trend to blend the many immigrants who, in the first years of the state, had arrived from Europe, North Africa, and Asia, into one 'melting pot' that would not differentiate between the older residents of the country and the new immigrants. The original purpose was to unify the newer immigrants with the veteran Israelis
Israelis
for the creation of a common Hebrew
Hebrew
culture, and to build a new nation in the country. Two central tools employed for this purpose were the Israel
Israel
Defense Forces, and the education system. The Israel
Israel
Defense Forces, by means of its transformation to a national army, would constitute a common ground between all civilians of the country, wherever they are. The education system, having been unified under Israeli law, enabled different students from different sectors to study together at the same schools. Gradually, Israeli society became more pluralistic, and the 'melting pot' declined over the years. Some critics[who?] of the 'melting pot' consider it to have been a necessity in the first years of the state, in order to build a mutual society, but now claim that there is no longer a need for it. They instead see a need for Israeli society to enable people to express the differences and the exclusivity of every stream and sector. Others, mainly Mizrahi Jews
Mizrahi Jews
who are more Shomer Masoret and the Holocaust survivors, have criticized the early 'melting pot' process. According to them, they were forced to give up or conceal their Jewish Masoret and their diaspora heritage and culture, which they brought from their diaspora countries, and to adopt the new secular "Sabra" culture. Today the cultural diversity is being celebrated; many speak several languages, continue to eat food from their cultural origins, and have mixed outlooks.[22] Language[edit] Main article: Languages of Israel

Hebrew
Hebrew
ulpan in Dimona, 1955

While Hebrew
Hebrew
and Arabic
Arabic
are the official languages of the State of Israel, over 83 languages are spoken in the country.[23] As new immigrants arrived, Hebrew
Hebrew
language instruction was important. Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, who founded the Hebrew
Hebrew
Language Committee, coined thousands of new words and concepts based on Biblical, Talmudic and other sources, to cope with the needs and demands of life in the 20th century. Learning Hebrew
Hebrew
became a national goal, employing the slogan "Yehudi, daber Ivrit" (" Jew
Jew
- speak Hebrew"). Special
Special
schools for Hebrew
Hebrew
language learning, ulpanim, were set up all over the country.[24] The Hebraizing of family names was common in the pre-state period and became more widespread in the 1950s. In the early years of the state, a pamphlet was published on how to choose a Hebrew
Hebrew
name. The prime minister, David
David
Ben-Gurion, urged anyone who represented the state in a formal capacity to adopt a Hebrew
Hebrew
surname.[25] Education[edit] Main article: Education in Israel In 2012, Israel
Israel
was named the second most educated country in the world according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Education at a Glance report, released in 2012. The report found that 78% of the money invested in education is from public funds and 45% of the population has a university or college diploma.[26] Philosophy[edit] Further information: Jewish philosophy Ancient Israel[edit]

Segment from the book of Ecclesiastes, an example of a philosophical work in the bible

Ancient Israeli philosophical ideas and approach can be found in the bible.[27] Psalms
Psalms
contains invitations to admire the wisdom of God through his works; from this, some scholars suggest, Judaism
Judaism
harbors a Philosophical under-current.[28] Ecclesiastes
Ecclesiastes
is often considered to be the only genuine philosophical work in the Hebrew
Hebrew
Bible; its author seeks to understand the place of human beings in the world and life's meaning.[29] Ecclesiastes
Ecclesiastes
and Book of Job
Book of Job
were favorite works of medieval philosophers, who took them as philosophical discussions not dependent on historical revelation.[30] In other books such as Proverbs
Proverbs
or Sirach
Sirach
and Book of Wisdom
Book of Wisdom
of the Jewish apocrypha, there are references and praise to the concept of wisdom which was to have a primordial significance for Jewish thought.[30] Modern Israel[edit] See also: Category:Israeli philosophers Modern Israeli philosophy has been influenced by both secular and religious Jewish thought. Martin Buber
Martin Buber
best known for his philosophy of dialogue, a form of existentialism centered on the distinction between the I–Thou relationship and the I–It relationship.[31] In I and Thou, Buber introduced his thesis on human existence; Ich‑Du is a relationship that stresses the mutual, holistic existence of two beings. It is a concrete encounter, because these beings meet one another in their authentic existence, without any qualification or objectification of one another. Even imagination and ideas do not play a role in this relation. In an I–Thou
I–Thou
encounter, infinity and universality are made actual (rather than being merely concepts).[32] The Ich-Es ("I‑It") relationship is nearly the opposite of Ich‑Du.[32] Whereas in Ich‑Du the two beings encounter one another, in an Ich‑Es relationship the beings do not actually meet. Instead, the "I" confronts and qualifies an idea, or conceptualization, of the being in its presence and treats that being as an object. All such objects are considered merely mental representations, created and sustained by the individual mind. Yeshayahu Leibowitz
Yeshayahu Leibowitz
was an Orthodox Jew
Jew
who held controversial views on the subject of halakha, or Jewish law. He wrote that the sole purpose of religious commandments was to obey God, and not to receive any kind of reward in this world or the world to come. He maintained that the reasons for religious commandments were beyond man's understanding, as well as irrelevant, and any attempt to attribute emotional significance to the performance of mitzvot was misguided and akin to idolatry. The essence of Leibowitz's religious outlook is that a person's faith is his commitment to obey God, meaning God's commandments, and this has nothing to do with a person’s image of God. This must be so because Leibowitz thought that God
God
cannot be described, that God's understanding is not man's understanding, and thus all the questions asked of God
God
are out of place.[33] One result of this approach is that faith, which is a personal commitment to obey God, cannot be challenged by the usual philosophical problem of evil or by historical events that seemingly contradict a divine presence. If a person stops believing after an awful event, it shows that he only obeyed God
God
because he thought he understood God’s plan, or because he expected to see a reward. But “for Leibowitz, religious belief is not an explanation of life, nature or history, or a promise of a future in this world or another, but a demand.” Joseph Raz
Joseph Raz
is legal, moral and political philosopher. Raz's first book, The Concept of a Legal System, was based on his doctoral thesis. A later book, The Morality of Freedom, develops a conception of perfectionist liberalism. Raz has argued for a distinctive understanding of legal commands as exclusionary reasons for action and for the "service conception" of authority, according to which those subject to an authority "can benefit by its decisions only if they can establish their existence and content in ways which do not depend on raising the very same issues which the authority is there to settle."[34] This, in turn, supports Raz's argument for legal positivism, in particular "the sources thesis," "the idea that an adequate test for the existence and content of law must be based only on social facts, and not on moral arguments.".[34] Raz is acknowledged by his contemporaries as being one of the most important living legal philosophers. He has authored and edited eleven books to date, namely The Concept of a Legal System, Practical Reason and Norms, The Authority of Law, The Morality of Freedom, Authority, Ethics in the Public Domain, Engaging Reason, Value, Respect and Attachment, The Practice of Value, Between Authority and Interpretation, and From Normativity to Responsibility. In moral theory, Raz defends value pluralism and the idea that various values are incommensurable. Other notable Israeli philosophers include Avishai Margalit, Hugo Bergmann, Yehoshua Bar-Hillel, Pinchas Lapide, Israel Eldad
Israel Eldad
and Judea Pearl.

A. D. Gordon (1856-1922) Martin Buber (1878-1965) Hugo Bergmann (1883-1975) Yeshayahu Leibowitz (1903-1994) Joseph Raz (1939-)

Literature and poetry[edit] Ancient Israel[edit]

A portion of the Isaiah scroll. One of the earliest known manuscripts of biblical literature

Main article: Ancient Hebrew
Hebrew
writings Further information: Hebrew Bible
Hebrew Bible
and Dead sea scrolls The earliest known inscription in Hebrew
Hebrew
is the Khirbet Qeiyafa Inscription (11th — 10th century BCE),[35] if it can indeed be considered Hebrew
Hebrew
at that early a stage. By far the most varied, extensive and historically significant body of literature written in the old Classical Hebrew
Hebrew
is the canon of the Hebrew
Hebrew
Bible. The Bible is not a single, monolithic piece of literature because each of these three sections, in turn, contains books written at different times by different authors,[36] written from the 8th to the 2nd century BCE. It is the primary source of ancient Israelite
Israelite
mythology, literature, philosophy and poetry. All books of the Bible are not strictly religious in nature; for example, The Song of Songs
The Song of Songs
is a love poem and, along with The Book
Book
of Esther, does not explicitly mention God.[37] The Ketuvim
Ketuvim
sector of the Hebrew Bible
Hebrew Bible
is a collection of philosophical and artistic literature believed to have been written under the influence of Ruach ha-Kodesh (the Holy Spirit). Some content reflects historical events in ancient Israel
Israel
such as the Kingdoms of Israel
Israel
and Judah, the siege of Jerusalem, the Babylonian captivity
Babylonian captivity
and the Maccabean revolt. The Dead sea scrolls
Dead sea scrolls
are thousands of Jewish, mostly Hebrew, manuscripts dated from the last three centuries BCE
BCE
and from the first century CE.[38] The texts have great historical, religious, and linguistic significance because they include the second-oldest known surviving manuscripts of works later included in the Hebrew
Hebrew
Bible canon, along with deuterocanonical and extra-biblical manuscripts which preserve evidence of the diversity of religious and philosophical thought in late Second Temple
Second Temple
Judaism. Archaeologists have long associated the scrolls with the ancient Jewish sect called the Essenes, although some recent interpretations have challenged this connection and argue that priests in Jerusalem, or Zadokites, or other unknown Jewish groups wrote the scrolls.[39][40] Roman Judea[edit]

Sermon on the Mount. The New Testament
New Testament
was authored by Christian Jews during Roman-ruled Judea

Further information: Rabbinic literature and New Testament Post-Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew
writings include early rabbinic works of Midrash and Mishnah. The Mishnah
Mishnah
is the first major written redaction of the Jewish oral traditions known as the "Oral Torah". It is also the first major work of Rabbinic literature,[41][42] written in religious centers such as Yavneh, Lod
Lod
and Bnei Brak, under the Roman occupation of Judea. It contains the oral traditions of the Pharisees
Pharisees
from the Second Temple
Second Temple
period particularly the period of the Tannaim. Most of the Mishnah
Mishnah
is written in Mishnaic Hebrew, while some parts are in Jewish Aramaic. The Jewish-Christian
Jewish-Christian
movement was formed in Judea
Judea
of the early first-century. The books of the New Testament
New Testament
were all or nearly all written by Jewish Christians—that is, Jewish disciples of Jesus, during the first and early second centuries[43] Luke, who wrote the Gospel of Luke and the Book
Book
of Acts, is frequently thought of as an exception; scholars are divided as to whether Luke was a Gentile or a Hellenistic Jew.[44] The Gospels
Gospels
were written between 68-110 CE,[45][46][47][48] Acts
Acts
between 95-110,[49] Epistles
Epistles
between 51-110 CE and Revelation in c. 95 CE.[46] Josephus
Josephus
was a scholar, historian and hagiographer who was born in 37 CE in Jerusalem, Judea. He recorded Jewish history, with special emphasis on the first century CE and the First Jewish–Roman War, including the Siege of Masada. His most important works were The Jewish War (c. 75), Antiquities of the Jews
Jews
(c. 94)[50] and Against Apion. The Jewish War
The Jewish War
recounts the Jewish revolt against Roman occupation (66–70). Antiquities of the Jews
Jews
recounts the history of the world from a Jewish perspective for an ostensibly Roman audience. These works provide valuable insight into first century Judaism
Judaism
and the background of Early Christianity.[50] Old Yishuv[edit]

View to the old city of Safed. The city has been a major center of mystical activity since the 16th century

Further information: Kabbalah
Kabbalah
and Piyyut Following the expulsion from Spain and Portugal many Jews
Jews
settled in the Ottoman Empire including Palestine, contributing greatly to the culture of the Jewish community, especially in literature, poetry, philosophy and mysticism. The city of Safed
Safed
was a center of a widespread spiritual and mystical activity. Joseph Karo, an author and kabblist, settled in Safed
Safed
in 1563. In safed he authored Shulchan Aruch, the most widely consulted of the various legal codes in Judaism. Shlomo Halevi Alkabetz, a kabblist and poet, settled in 1535 where he composed the Jewish poem Lecha Dodi. Isaac Luria
Isaac Luria
(1534-1572), born in Jerusalem, was a foremost rabbi and Jewish mystic in the community of Safed. He is considered the father of contemporary Kabbalah,[51] his teachings being referred to as Lurianic Kabbalah. The works of his disciples compiled his oral teachings into writing. Every custom of his was scrutinized, and many were accepted, even against previous practice.[52] Around 1550, Moses
Moses
ben Jacob Cordovero founded a Kabbalah
Kabbalah
academy in Safed. Among his disciples were many of the luminaries of Safed, including Rabbi
Rabbi
Eliyahu de Vidas, author of Reshit Chochmah ("Beginning of Wisdom"), and Rabbi
Rabbi
Chaim Vital, who later became the official recorder and disseminator of the teachings of Rabbi
Rabbi
Isaac Luria. Other kabbalists in the Land of Israel
Land of Israel
at that time were Isaiah Horowitz, Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, Abraham Azulai, Chaim ibn Attar, Shalom Sharabi, Chaim Yosef David
David
Azulai and Abraham Gershon of Kitov. Modern Israel[edit]

Hebrew
Hebrew
Book
Book
Week 2005, Israel
Israel
Museum, Jerusalem

Main article: Israeli literature The first works of Hebrew
Hebrew
literature in Israel
Israel
were written by immigrant authors rooted in the world and traditions of European Jewry. Yosef Haim Brenner
Yosef Haim Brenner
(1881–1921) and Shmuel Yosef Agnon (1888–1970), are considered by many to be the fathers of modern Hebrew
Hebrew
literature.[6] Brenner, torn between hope and despair, struggled with the reality of the Zionist
Zionist
enterprise in the Land of Israel. Agnon, Brenner's contemporary, fused his knowledge of Jewish heritage with the influence of 19th and early 20th century European literature. He produced fiction dealing with the disintegration of traditional ways of life, loss of faith, and the subsequent loss of identity. In 1966, Agnon was co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature.[6] Native-born writers who published their work in the 1940s and 1950s, often called the "War of Independence generation," brought a sabra mentality and culture to their writing. S. Yizhar, Moshe Shamir, Hanoch Bartov and Benjamin Tammuz vacillated between individualism and commitment to society and state. In the early 1960s, A.B. Yehoshua, Amos Oz, and Yaakov Shabtai broke away from ideologies to focus on the world of the individual, experimenting with narrative forms and writing styles such as psychological realism, allegory, and symbolism. Since the 1980s and early 1990s, Israeli literature
Israeli literature
has been widely translated, and several Israeli writers have achieved international recognition.[6]

Hayim Nahman Bialik (1873–1934) Shaul Tchernichovsky (1875-1943) Shmuel Yosef Agnon (1888-1970) Rachel Bluwstein (1890-1931) Leah Goldberg (1911-1970) Amos Oz (1939–present) David
David
Grossman (1954–present)

Science and technology[edit] Ancient Israel[edit] Further information: Biblical cosmology See also: Hebrew
Hebrew
astronomy The early activity in science in ancient Israel
Israel
can be found in the Hebrew
Hebrew
bible where some of the books contain descriptions of the physical world. Biblical cosmology
Biblical cosmology
provides sporadic glimpses that may be stitched together to form a Biblical impression of the physical universe. There have been comparisons between the Bible, with passages such as from the Genesis creation narrative, and the astronomy of classical antiquity more generally.[53] The Old Testament also contains various cleansing rituals. One suggested ritual, for example, deals with the proper procedure for cleansing a leper (Leviticus 14:1-32). It is a fairly elaborate process, which is to be performed after a leper was already healed of leprosy (Leviticus 14:3), involving extensive cleansing and personal hygiene, but also includes sacrificing a bird and lambs with the addition of using their blood to symbolize that the afflicted has been cleansed. The Torah
Torah
proscribes Intercropping
Intercropping
(Lev. 19:19, Deut 22:9), a practice often associated with sustainable agriculture and organic farming in modern agricultural science.[54][55] The Mosaic code has provisions concerning the conservation of natural resources, such as trees (Deuteronomy 20:19-20) and birds (Deuteronomy 22:6-7). Modern Israel[edit] Main article: Science and technology in Israel See also: List of Israeli inventions and discoveries

Simulated view of a black hole. Jacob Bekenstein
Jacob Bekenstein
predicted and co-discovered black hole entropy[56]

Israel
Israel
is a developed and highly advanced country and ranks fifth among the most innovative countries in the Bloomberg Innovation Index.[57][58] Israel
Israel
counts 140 scientists and technicians per 10,000 employees, one of the highest ratios in the world,[59] and 8,337 full-time equivalent researchers per million inhabitants.[60] It also has one of the highest per capita rates of filed patents.[61] Israel's high technology industry has benefited from both the country's highly educated and technologically skilled workforce coupled with the strong presence of foreign high-tech firms and sophisticated research centres.[62][60]

Ofek-7
Ofek-7
satellite launch through Shavit
Shavit
vehicle

During the 1970s and 1980s Israel
Israel
began developing the infrastructure needed for research and development in space exploration and related sciences. Israel
Israel
launched its first satellite, Ofeq-1, from the locally built Shavit
Shavit
launch vehicle on September 19, 1988, and has made important contributions in a number of areas in space research, including laser communication, research into embryo development and osteoporosis in space, pollution monitoring, and mapping geology, soil and vegetation in semi-arid environments.[63] Israel
Israel
is among the few countries capable of launching satellites into orbit and locally designed and manufactured satellites have been produced and launched by Israel
Israel
Aerospace Industries(IAI), Israel's largest military engineering company, in cooperation with the Israel
Israel
Space Agency. The AMOS-1 geostationary satellite began operations in 1996 as Israel's first commercial communications satellite. It was built primarily for direct-to-home television broadcasting, TV distribution and VSAT services. Further series of AMOS communications satellites ( AMOS 2
AMOS 2
– 5i) are operated or in development by the Spacecom Satellite Communications company, which provides satellite telecommuncations services to countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.[64] Israel
Israel
also develops, manufactures, and exports a large number of related aerospace products, including rockets and satellites, display systems, aeronautical computers, instrumentation systems, drones and flight simulators. Israel's second largest defense company is Elbit Systems, which makes electro-optical systems for air, sea and ground forces; drones; control and monitoring systems; communications systems and more.[65] The growth in agricultural production is based on close cooperation of scientists, farmers and agriculture-related industries and has resulted in the development of advanced agricultural technology, water-conserving irrigation methods, anaerobic digestion, greenhouse technology, desert agriculture and salinity research.[66] Israeli companies also supply irrigation, water conservation and greenhouse technologies and know-how to other countries.[67][68][69] The modern technology of drip irrigation was invented in Israel
Israel
by Simcha Blass and his son Yeshayahu. Their first experimental system was established in 1959 when company called Netafim
Netafim
was established. They developed and patented the first practical surface drip irrigation emitter.[70] This method was very successful and had spread to Australia, North America and South America by the late 1960s.

Intel core i7-940. Intel developed its dual-core Core Duo
Core Duo
processor at its Israel
Israel
Development Center in Haifa.[71]

Israeli companies excel in computer software and hardware development, particularly computer security technologies, semiconductors and communications. Israeli firms include Check Point, a leading firewall firm; Amdocs, which makes business and operations support systems for telecoms; Comverse, a voice-mail company; and Mercury Interactive, which measures software performance.[72] A high concentration of high-tech industries in the coastal plain of Israel
Israel
has led to the nickname Silicon Wadi
Silicon Wadi
(lit: "Silicon Valley").[73] More than 3,850 start-ups have been established in Israel, making it second only to the US in this sector[74] and has the largest number of NASDAQ-listed companies outside North America.[75] Optics, electro-optics, and lasers are significant fields and Israel
Israel
produces fiber-optics, electro-optic inspection systems for printed circuit boards, thermal imaging night-vision systems, and electro-optics-based robotic manufacturing systems.[76] Research into robotics first began in the late 1970s, has resulted in the production of robots designed to perform a wide variety of computer aided manufacturing tasks, including diamond polishing, welding, packing, and building. Research is also conducted in the application of artificial intelligence to robots.[76] Israeli scientists contributed many inventions and discoveries in a variety of fields including Joram Lindenstrauss (Johnson–Lindenstrauss lemma); Abraham Fraenkel
Abraham Fraenkel
(Zermelo–Fraenkel set theory); Shimshon Amitsur(Amitsur–Levitzki theorem); Saharon Shelah (Sauer–Shelah lemma); Elon Lindenstrauss
Elon Lindenstrauss
(Ergodic theory); Nathan Rosen
Nathan Rosen
(Wormhole); Yuval Ne'eman
Yuval Ne'eman
(prediction of Quarks); Yakir Aharonov and David
David
Bohm (Aharonov–Bohm effect); Jacob Bekenstein (formulation of Black holes
Black holes
Entropy); Dan Shechtman
Dan Shechtman
(discovery of quasicrystals); Avram Hershko
Avram Hershko
and Aaron Ciechanover
Aaron Ciechanover
(discovery of the role of protein Ubiquitin); Arieh Warshel
Arieh Warshel
and Michael Levitt (development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems); Ariel Rubinstein (Rubinstein bargaining model); Abraham Fraenkel (Zermelo–Fraenkel set theory); Moussa B.H. Youdim
Moussa B.H. Youdim
(Rasagiline); Robert Aumann
Robert Aumann
(Game theory); Michael O. Rabin
Michael O. Rabin
(Nondeterministic finite automaton); Amir Pnueli
Amir Pnueli
(Temporal logic); Judea
Judea
Pearl (artificial intelligence); Shafi Goldwasser
Shafi Goldwasser
(Blum–Goldwasser cryptosystem); Asher Peres
Asher Peres
(Quantum information); Adi Shamir
Adi Shamir
(RSA, Differential cryptanalysis, Shamir's Secret Sharing); Yaakov Ziv
Yaakov Ziv
and Abraham Lempel (Lempel–Ziv–Welch); Notable inventions include ReWalk, Given Imaging, Eshkol-Wachman movement notation, Taliglucerase alfa, USB flash drive, Intel 8088, Projection keyboard, TDMoIP, Mobileye, Waze, Wix.com, Gett, Viber, Uzi, Iron Dome, Arrow missile, Super-iron battery, Epilator.

Abraham Fraenkel Michael O. Rabin Robert Aumann Daniel Kahneman Dan Shechtman Ada Yonath

Visual arts[edit]

Tiles in the Bezalel style, 1920s

Main article: Visual arts in Israel From the beginning of the 20th century, visual arts in Israel
Israel
have shown a creative orientation, influenced both by the West and East, as well as by the land itself, its development, the character of the cities, and stylistic trends emanating from art centers abroad. In painting, sculpture, photography, and other art forms, the country's varied landscape is the protagonist: the hill terraces and ridges produce special dynamics of line and shape; the foothills of the Negev, the prevailing grayish-green vegetation, and the clear luminous light result in distinctive color effects; and the sea and sand affect surfaces. On the whole, local landscapes, concerns, and politics lie at the center of Israeli art, and ensure its uniqueness.[77] The earliest Israeli art movement was the Bezalel school
Bezalel school
of the Ottoman and early Mandate period, when artists portrayed both Biblical and Zionist
Zionist
subjects in a style influenced by the European Art Nouveau movement, symbolism, and traditional Persian, Jewish, and Syrian artistry. Performance art[edit] Music[edit]

Israel Philharmonic
Israel Philharmonic
Orchestra, 2006

Main article: Music of Israel Classical music in Israel
Israel
has been vibrant since the 1930s, when hundreds of music teachers and students, composers, instrumentalists and singers, as well as thousands of music lovers, streamed into the country, driven by the threat of Nazism in Europe. Israel
Israel
is also home to several world-class classical music ensembles, such as the Israel Philharmonic and the New Israeli Opera. The founding of The Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra (today the Israel Philharmonic
Israel Philharmonic
Orchestra) in 1936 marked the beginning of Israel's classical music scene. In the early 1980s, the New Israeli Opera
New Israeli Opera
began staging productions, reviving public enthusiasm for operatic works. Russian immigration in the 1990s boosted the classical music arena with new talents and music lovers. The contemporary music scene in Israel
Israel
spans the spectrum of musical genres, and often fuses many musical influences, ranging from Ethiopian, Middle-Eastern soul, rock, jazz, hip-hop, electronic, Arabic, pop and mainstream. Israeli music is versatile, and combines elements of both western and eastern music. It tends to be very eclectic, and contains a wide variety of influences from the Diaspora, as well as more modern cultural importations: Hassidic
Hassidic
songs, Asian pop, Arab folk (especially by Yemenite singers), and Israeli hip hop or heavy metal. Also popular are various forms of electronic music, including trance, Hard trance, and Goa trance. Notable artists from Israel
Israel
in this field are few, but include the psychedelic trance duo Infected Mushroom. Dance[edit]

Batsheva Dance Company
Batsheva Dance Company
co-founded by Martha Graham
Martha Graham
and Baroness Batsheva De Rothschild in 1964

Main article: Dance in Israel Traditional folk dances of Israel
Israel
include the Hora and dances incorporating the Yemenite step. Israeli folk dancing
Israeli folk dancing
today is choreographed for recreational and performance dance groups. Modern dance
Modern dance
in Israel
Israel
has won international acclaim. Israeli choreographers, among them Ohad Naharin
Ohad Naharin
and Barak Marshall, are considered among the most versatile and original international creators working today. Notable Israeli dance companies include the Batsheva Dance Company, the Kibbutz
Kibbutz
Contemporary Dance Company,[78] the Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak
Avshalom Pollak
Dance Company and the Kamea Dance Company. People come from all over Israel
Israel
and many other nations for the annual dance festival in Karmiel, held in July. First held in 1988, the Karmiel
Karmiel
Dance Festival is the largest celebration of dance in Israel, featuring three or four days and nights of dancing, with 5,000 or more dancers and a quarter of a million spectators in the capital of Galilee.[79][80] Begun as an Israeli folk dance event, the festivities now include performances, workshops, and open dance sessions for a variety of dance forms and nationalities.[81] Choreographer Yonatan Karmon created the Karmiel
Karmiel
Dance Festival to continue the tradition of Gurit Kadman's Dalia Festival of Israeli dance, which ended in the 1960s.[82][83] Famous companies and choreographers from all over the world have come to Israel
Israel
to perform and give master classes. In July 2010, Mikhail Baryshnikov came to perform in Israel.[84] Theatre[edit] Roman Judea[edit]

Remains of the Roman theater in Caesarea
Caesarea
Maritima

During the Roman rule, some theaters were built in Judea, located in places such as Caesarea, Beth Shean
Beth Shean
and Jerusalem. The theater in Caesarea Maritima
Caesarea Maritima
was built by Herod the Great
Herod the Great
and had a seating capacity of about 4000 seats in its final stage.[85] Another theater, in Bet Shean, was built in the end of the 2nd century CE with a capacity of 7000 seats.[86] Modern Israel[edit]

Habimah Theater in Tel Aviv

The emergence of Hebrew
Hebrew
theatre predated the state by nearly 50 years. The first amateur Hebrew
Hebrew
theatre group was active in Palestine from 1904 to 1914. The first professional Hebrew
Hebrew
theatre, Habimah, was founded in Moscow in 1917, and moved to Palestine in 1931, where it became the country's national theatre.[87] The Ohel Theater
Ohel Theater
was founded in 1925 as a workers' theatre that explored socialist and biblical themes. The first Hebrew
Hebrew
plays revolved around pioneering. After 1948, two major motifs were the Holocaust
Holocaust
and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Moshe Shamir's He Walked in the Fields in 1949 was the first produced by a sabra writing about sabras in idiomatic and contemporary Hebrew. In the 1950s, dramatists portrayed the gap between pre-state dreams and disillusionment. Other plays pitted native Israelis
Israelis
against Holocaust
Holocaust
survivors.[87] Beginning in the 1960s, Hanoch Levin
Hanoch Levin
wrote 56 plays and political satires. During the 1970s, Israeli theatre became more critical, contrasting extreme images of Israeli identity, such as the muscleman and the spiritual Jew. In the 1980s, Yehoshua Sobol explored Israeli-Jewish identity issues. Today, Israeli theatre is extremely diverse in content and style, and half of all plays are local productions.[87] Other major theatre companies include the Cameri Theatre, Beit Lessin Theater, Gesher Theater
Gesher Theater
(which performs in Hebrew
Hebrew
and Russian), Haifa Theatre and Beersheba
Beersheba
Theater. Founded in 1980, The Acco Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre
Acco Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre
is a four-day performing arts festival held annually in early autumn at the city of Acre. the festival became a symbol of coexistence between the city's Jewish and Arab inhabitants. Cinema[edit]

Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
Cinematheque

Main article: Cinema of Israel Filmmaking in Israel
Israel
has undergone major developments since its inception in the 1950s. The first features produced and directed by Israelis, such as "Hill 24 Doesn't Answer" and "They Were Ten", tended, like Israeli literature
Israeli literature
of the period, to be cast in the heroic mold. Some recent films remain deeply rooted in the Israeli experience, dealing with such subjects as Holocaust
Holocaust
survivors and their children (Gila Almagor's "The Summer of Aviya" and its sequel, "Under the Domim Tree") and the travails of new immigrants ("Sh'hur", directed by Hannah Azoulai and Shmuel Hasfari, "Late Marriage" directed by Dover Koshashvili). Others deal with issues of modern-day Israeli life, such as the Israeli-Arab conflict
Israeli-Arab conflict
(Eran Riklis's "The Lemon Tree", Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani's "Ajami") and military service (Joseph Cedar's "Beaufort", Samuel Maoz's "Lebanon", Eytan Fox's "Yossi and Jagger"). Some are set in the context of a universalist, alienated, and hedonistic society (Eytan Fox's "A Siren's Song" and "The Bubble", Ayelet Menahemi and Nirit Yaron's " Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
Stories"). The Israeli film industry continues to gain worldwide recognition through International awards nominations. For three years consecutively, Israeli films ("Beaufort" (2008), "Waltz with Bashir" (2009) and "Ajami" (2010)) were nominated for Academy Awards. The Spielberg Film Archive at the Hebrew
Hebrew
University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem
is the world's largest repository of film material on Jewish themes as well as on Jewish and Israeli life.[88] The main international film festivals in Israel
Israel
are the Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Film Festival and Haifa
Haifa
Film Festival. Museums[edit]

Shrine of the Book, Israel
Israel
Museum, Jerusalem

Main article: List of museums in Israel With over 200 museums, Israel
Israel
has the highest number of museums per capita in the world, with millions of visitors annually.[2] Jerusalem's Israel Museum
Israel Museum
has a special pavilion showcasing the Dead Sea scrolls and a large collection of Jewish religious art, Israeli art, sculptures and Old Masters paintings. Newspapers appear in dozens of languages, and every city and town publishes a local newsletter. Cuisine[edit] Ancient Israel[edit]

Grapes
Grapes
were important for the production of wine in ancient Israel. Barley
Barley
(right) was the grain most commonly used to make into flour for bread in Iron Age Israel.

Main article: Ancient Israelite
Israelite
cuisine Information about the food of the ancient Israelites is based on written sources, archaeological records, and comparative evidence from the wider region of the ancient Levant. Written sources are primarily the Hebrew Bible
Hebrew Bible
and other texts, such as the Dead Sea
Dead Sea
Scrolls, Apocryphal works, the New Testament, and Rabbinical literature. The daily diet of the ordinary ancient Israelite
Israelite
was mainly one of bread, cooked grains and legumes. Bread was eaten with every meal. Vegetables played a smaller, but significant role in the diet. The Israelites drank goat and sheep’s milk when it was available in the spring and summer, and ate butter and cheese. Figs and grapes were the fruits most commonly eaten, while dates, pomegranates and other fruits and nuts were eaten more occasionally. Wine was the most popular beverage and sometimes other fermented beverages were produced. Olives were used primarily for their oil. Meat, usually goat and mutton, was eaten rarely and was reserved for special occasions such as celebrations, festival meals or sacrificial feasts. Game, birds, eggs and fish were also eaten, depending on availability.[89]:22–24[90] Most food was eaten fresh and in season. Fruits and vegetables had to be eaten as they ripened and before they spoiled. People had to contend with periodic episodes of hunger and famine; producing enough food required hard and well-timed labor, and the climatic conditions resulted in unpredictable harvests and the need to store as much food as possible. Thus, grapes were made into raisins and wine; olives were made into oil; figs, beans and lentils were dried; and grains were stored for use throughout the year.[91] The diet was essentially vegetarian. A typical daily meal is illustrated by the biblical description of the rations that Abigail
Abigail
brought to David’s group: bread, wine, roasted grain, raisins and fig cakes (1 Samuel 25:18).[92][93] Modern Israel[edit] Main article: Israeli cuisine

Israeli breakfast

The heterogeneous nature of culture in Israel
Israel
is also manifested in Israeli cuisine, a diverse combination of local ingredients and dishes, with diasporic dishes from around the world.[94] An Israeli fusion cuisine has developed, with the adoption and continued adaption of elements of various Jewish styles of cuisine including Mizrahi, Sephardic, Yemeni Jewish and Ashkenazi,[95] and many foods traditionally eaten in the Middle East.[96][97] Israeli cuisine
Israeli cuisine
is also influenced by geography, giving prominence to foods common in the Mediterranean region such as olives, chickpeas, dairy products, fish, and fresh fruits and vegetables. The main meal is usually lunch rather than dinner. Jewish holidays influence the cuisine, with many traditional foods served at holiday times. Shabbat dinner, eaten on Friday night, is a significant meal in a large proportion of Israeli homes. While not all Jews
Jews
in Israel
Israel
keep kosher, the observance of kashrut influences the menu in homes, public institutions and many restaurants.[94] In 2013, an Israeli cookbook, "Seafoodpedia," won "Best in World" in its category at the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in Paris, and "Jerusalem, A Cookbook," published by the Israeli-Palestinian team of Yotam Ottolenghi
Yotam Ottolenghi
and Sami Tamimi, won "Best in the World" for Mediterranean Cuisine.[98]

Hummus

Falafel

Pastries in Jerusalem

Hummus, Fava beans
Fava beans
and Tahini

Ptitim

Malawach

Shakshouka

Sabich

Sufganiyot

Israeli wine
Israeli wine
brands

Challah

Israeli beer
Israeli beer
(Goldstar and Maccabee)

Meurav Yerushalmi

Israeli eggplant salad

Fashion[edit] Main article: Israeli fashion Israel
Israel
has become an international center of fashion and design.[99] Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
has been called the “next hot destination” for fashion.[100] Israeli designers, such as swimwear company Gottex, show their collections at leading fashion shows, including New York’s Bryant Park
Bryant Park
fashion show.[101] In 2011, Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
hosted its first Fashion Week since the 1980s, with Italian designer Roberto Cavalli
Roberto Cavalli
as a guest of honor.[102] Sports[edit]

Gal Fridman, winner of Israel's first Olympic gold medal

Main article: Sports in Israel Physical fitness
Physical fitness
received a boost in the 19th century from the physical culture campaign of Max Nordau. The Maccabiah Games, an Olympic-style event for Jewish athletes, was inaugurated in the 1930s, and has been held in Israel
Israel
every four years since then. In 1964, Israel
Israel
hosted and won the AFC Asian Cup; in 1970, the Israel national football team managed to qualify to the FIFA World Cup, which is still considered the biggest achievement in Israeli football. Israel
Israel
was excluded from the 1978 Asian Games
1978 Asian Games
due to Arab pressure, and since 1994 all Israeli sporting organizations now compete in Europe. Football (soccer) and basketball are the most popular sports in Israel. The Israeli Premier League
Israeli Premier League
is the country's Premier Soccer League, and Ligat ha'Al is the premier basketball league. Maccabi Haifa, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
and Beitar Jerusalem
Jerusalem
are the largest sports clubs. Maccabi Tel Aviv, Maccabi Haifa, and Hapoel Tel Aviv have competed in the UEFA Champions League, and Hapoel Tel Aviv reached the Quarterfinal in the UEFA Cup. Maccabi Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
B.C. has won the European Championship in basketball six times. Israeli tennis champion Shahar Pe'er
Shahar Pe'er
peaked at 11th on the WTA rank list, a national record. Beersheba
Beersheba
has become a national chess center; as a result of Soviet immigration, it is home to the largest number of chess grandmasters of any city in the world. The city hosted the World Team Chess
Chess
Championship in 2005. Israeli chess teams won the silver medal at the 2008 Chess
Chess
Olympiad and the bronze medal at the 2010 Chess Olympiad.[103] Israeli Grandmaster Boris Gelfand
Boris Gelfand
won the Chess
Chess
World Cup 2009,[104] and played for the World Champion title in the World Chess
Chess
Championship 2012.[105] To date, Israel
Israel
has won seven Olympic medals since its first win in 1992, including a gold medal in windsurfing at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Israel
Israel
has won over 100 gold medals in the Paralympic Games, and is ranked about 15th in the All-time Paralympic Games
Paralympic Games
medal table. The 1968 Summer Paralympics
1968 Summer Paralympics
were hosted by Israel. Youth movements[edit]

Tzofim Israeli scout movement fire ceremony in Tel Aviv

Youth movements were an important feature of Israel
Israel
from its earliest days. In the 1950s, these movements were categorized in three groups: Zionist
Zionist
youth groups promoting social ideals and the importance of agricultural and communal settlement; working youth promoting educational goals and occupational advancement; and recreational groups with a strong emphasis on sports and leisure-time activities.[106] Outdoor and vacation culture[edit]

Hiking near Lake Kinneret

Camping and hiking are an integral part of Israeli culture. National parks and nature reserves across Israel
Israel
register some 6.5 million visits a year. Schools and youth groups are taken on annual hiking trips throughout the country, raising children with an affinity for hiking and other outdoor activities. Consequently, many young Israelis take several months to a year off to travel the world, primarily to hike and experience the outdoors in remote, mountainous areas, such as Nepal, India, China, Chile, and Peru. Along the 190 kilometres (120 mi) of the Israeli Mediterranean coast, two thirds are accessible to bathing activities. Israel
Israel
has 100 surf bathing beaches, guarded by professional lifeguards.[107] Matkot is a popular paddle ball game similar to beach tennis, often referred to as the country's national sport.[108] Wedding customs[edit]

Yemenite Jewish
Yemenite Jewish
bride at her henna party, 1958

Main article: Marriage in Israel All marriages between Jews
Jews
in Israel
Israel
are registered with the Chief Rabbinate, and the ceremony follows traditional Jewish practice.[109] Civil ceremonies are not performed in Israel,[110] although a growing number of secular couples circumvent this by traveling to nearby locations such as Cyprus.[111] While some Jews
Jews
in Israel
Israel
have adopted Western styles of dress, traditional clothing and jewelry are sometimes brought out for pre-wedding rituals, including the Night of the Henna that is very customary practice among Mizrahi
Mizrahi
Jews.[112] See also[edit]

Israel
Israel
Radio International, official radio service for immigrants and listeners outside Israel Kol Yisrael, Israel's public domestic and international radio station List of Israeli musical artists List of Israeli visual artists List of Hebrew
Hebrew
language poets List of Hebrew
Hebrew
language authors List of Israeli actors List of Hebrew
Hebrew
language playwrights Media of Israel Science and technology in Israel Religion in Israel Start-up Nation Jerusalem
Jerusalem
March

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