Essay on Geography: The Country of Israel in Its Short History

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The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines culture as “the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time” (Merriam-Webster, Culture). There are many aspects to each culture; five important aspects to look at when defining a culture include language, religion, government, tradition, and customs. The first three of these aspects are relatively self-explanatory, but the last two aspects seem somewhat similar at first glance. Throughout this cultural awareness essay we will define the meaning of tradition as to include historical aspects, and customs as being more in present day. The country of Israel in its short history has had many major conflicts and important cultural issues to manage with. Before discussing …show more content…
Created by a United Nations resolution following World War II as a homeland for a single race/religion, Israel has had to deal with conflict with its neighbors since the first year of its formation. Because of this unique formation, the citizenry of Israel is made up of a very diverse group of people, though a majority of them share the religion of Judaism. As a nation created to be a homeland for a race spread throughout the world in the Diaspora, the country has had to integrate the cultures of many varied countries from which their population has immigrated. It has also had to deal with the economic impacts of drastically quick population increases, combined with a small amount of land and natural resources. The flux of immigration of people from many different countries with various cultures and languages has led to a revival of the Hebrew language as one of the two official languages of Israel (the other being Arabic), as a way to bring the various immigrant cultures together. Though it has faced many setbacks due to defense spending, limited natural resources, and other limiting factors, Israel’s economy has stayed relatively strong for a number of reasons. First, it has been supplemented by aid from the U.S. and other nations, as well as gifts from Jewish people in other nations, and by reparations from Germany for Nazi war crimes. Secondly, it has been supported by the capital that Jewish immigrants have brought with them, many of

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