Monthly Archives: September 2014

Prof. Gideon Aran: The priestly protect the boundaries of the body

The priestly tendency to protect the boundaries of the body against the danger of impurity characterized the children of Israel on the rivers of Babylon, the period of the return to Zion as told in the Torah, and their diasporic … Continue reading

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Gideon Aran: Impurity and Danger

The reality of modern secularity, with its abundance of temptations, is seen as a threat to the continued existence of the Haredi world. Even though the Haredim invest much effort in raising walls so as to isolate them, in Israel … Continue reading

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Gideon Aran: The Foot – Indicator of Religiosity

Among the Israeli Orthodox, the extent to which the foot is covered up is an indicator of religiosity. For instance, similarly to other Israelis, the modern orthodox often wear sandals during hot summer days. Written By Gideon Aran In yeshiva … Continue reading

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Gideon Aran: Jewish Religious Sensitivity To Exposing The Foot

Jewish religious sensitivity to exposing the foot is not only a matter of modesty, nor is it merely the result of identifying being barefooted with the “primitivism” of the Mideastern sections of the population scorned by the Haredim. Written By … Continue reading

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