In order to understand Israel, we need to understand the religion of the people in Israel (hint – not all of them are Jewish). Let’s understand the main religions in Israel in a short bit. Israel people religion – some information about the spirituality of Israel.
More than 3/4 of Israeli citizens are Jewish. Some of them consider themselves atheists or agnostics, but most of them are traditional. Most Jewish people in Israel celebrate main holidays (Passover, Rosh Hashana, Sukut, Purim and so on) but most of them don’t keep the Shabbat. There’s even some sort of tension between religious Jews and secular Jews; mostly about the rabbinate’s authority, public transportation, and recreational activities on Shabbat.
We wrote earlier about the main cities in Israel; most of the people living in Tel Aviv and in the kibbutzim and moshavim are secular, but most of the people living in Jerusalem and in community settlements are traditional, religious orthodox or national religious.
Islam is the second biggest religion in Israel as almost 1/5 of Israel is Muslim. Most of the Islamic Arab people living in Israel are Sunni. The third most holy Islamic place is Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem; where it is believed that Muhammad ascended into heaven.
There is Islamic presence everywhere in Israel; Jaffa (Tel Aviv), Jerusalem, Acre, Galil and Golan (north), Bedouins in the Negev (south) and some cities in the center. If you ask Israelis about Israeli Arabs you will get different answers; some of them won’t even know how to answer. As you know, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been going for dozens of years.
Under the general banner of Christian. The Christian and Catholic population is about 2%. Of this group, The Melkite Greek Catholic Church is the largest. The Melkites Catholics, trace their history to the early Christians of Antioch, of the 1st century AD, where Christianity was introduced by The Apostle Peter.
The Druze live mostly in northern Israel and they are recognized as a separate religion from Islam by the Israeli Government. Unlike Israeli Islamic Arabs, they serve in the IDF and usually enjoy full equality from the Israeli government.
Israel People Religion – Summary
Israeli society is very varied and pluralistic. There are many ideas and many religions in Israel and we haven’t even started talking about Messianic Judaism which is gaining popularity around the world these days. For the people of Israel, religion is a never-ending subject; some might divide Judaism among Israel to endless subcategories.
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