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The term AmHa was once used by Jewish scholars to scorn the illiterate people of Israel who lived on the Land, knew little about the newer rabbinical religion and still kept to simple, ancient Earth-religion customs. AmHa also has roots in modern Israel where many feel that rabbinical Judaism, while necessary for cultural survival in the Diaspora, can now be dispensed with. In AmHa we reconnect to the core customs of our people. In the early 1900s a custom resumed of calling our people Hebrews as opposed to Jews, to highlight the pre-rabbinical connection. Many AmHa attitudes are consistent with large swathes in Israeli culture, especially in kibbutzim and some elite military units.
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