Monthly Archives: October 2014

Prof. Gideon Aran: The sensual dimensions of Haredi life

A literary autobiography recently published by a former yeshiva student offers a fascinating testimony to the Haredi bodily regime. With credible and precise realism, it describes the daily (and nightly) routine in the life of a fourteen year old boy during … Continue reading

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Professor Gideon Aran: Euphemism and Silence

A society in crisis tends to deal with control over the body and is occupied with ensuring its intactness, and also shows increased interest in its reproduction. In the Haredi era the subject of producing or replicating the proper Jew … Continue reading

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Gideon Aran: The prohibition on masturbation

The prohibition on masturbation is accompanied by a combination of draconian deterrent and preventative measures.  Written By Prof. Gideon Aran Throughout the day boys at kindergarten are berated should their hand accidentally touch that shameful area, and before going to sleep … Continue reading

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