Judaization (Hebrew: לְגַיֵּיר, translit. legayer) or Judaification is a process of cultural assimilation in which a person or a demographic group acquires Jewish cultural and religious beliefs and values.
- This article covers a form of cultural assimilation and spatial policy. For the Christian movements that believe in the necessity of adherence to Jewish laws, see Judaizers.
It is the obverse of "de-Judaization", the process observed, for example, in Soviet Russia, where discriminatory practices against Jews gave momentum to their "de-Judaization".
Haredization refers to a late 20th- and early 21st-century phenomenon, in which urban and suburban areas of Israel, such as Beit Shemesh, become demographically and politically dominated by Haredim at the expense of non-Haredim (including religious Zionists and Hilonim). The trend is often the subject of protests in various Israeli cities.
- Senator Ribicoff as early as 1963 protested against the "deprivation, discrimination, de-Judaization of Russia". See Yaacov Ro'i, The Struggle for Soviet Jewish Emigration, 1948-1967, Cambridge University Press, 2003 p.194
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- A Saturday Stew II Archived 2009-07-16 at the Wayback Machine, by Bill Long, 12/13/08.