David Borabeck

Religious-Zionism, Critique of Secularism, Israeli oriental traditionalism

David Borabeck is PhD student at the Department of Jewish History at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He completed his B.Ed at Herzog Collage and received his Masters Degree with honors from the department of Jewish History at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Borabeck wrote his MA thesis titled: “The Attitude of ‘Bnei-Akiva’ Movement to the Mizrahim and their Tradition as an Expression of the Modern-Secular Discourse in Religious-Zionism” under the supervision of Prof. Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin and Prof. Mordechai Zalkin.
His dissertation, written under the supervision of Prof. Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin and Prof. Mordechai Zalkin, deals with the definition of the term ‘Religion’ in Religious-Zionist literature and discourse as a part of the internalizing of Modern-Secular discourse at this collective. Borabeck is analyzing this definition by observing the Religious-Zionist ambiguous approach to the Mizrahim (Oriental-Jews) and their tradition based on ‘Religion’ — An approach that was either assimilating and excluding.
Borabeck has taught for several years in the formal education system and today he is teaching in the Yeshivat-Hesder in Netivot and Tzahali pre-military institute.