Vernacular dialectics: Spiritual practices of tsaddik veneration by secular Israelis

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Vernacular dialectic reasoning reconciles contradictions in people's lives. It involves an amalgam of emotion, belief, and intuition, as well as structures and intentions similar to formal dialectics and scientific thinking. In contemporary Israel, many self-proclaimed secular Jews use vernacular dialectics to avoid confronting stark contradictions between their pilgrimages to the graves of Jewish saints (tsaddikim), their virtual practices of tsaddik veneration, and prevailing rational assumptions in their secular daily lives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-208
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of American Folklore
Issue number520
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2018


  • AFS Ethnographic Thesaurus: Religion
  • Folk belief
  • Pilgrimages
  • Ritual
  • Soul

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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