Category Archives: Body

Who Is a Hero? who conquers his desire

The answer to the above rhetorical question is: “He who conquers his desire”. This classic Jewish motto expresses the frequent tendency of radical religion to view urges negatively. Accordingly Haredi focus on keeping urges under control, overcoming impulse (yetzer). Written By Prof. … Continue reading

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Eliminate The Presence Of The Body In Public

In relation to the body, as with other matters, the Haredim move back and forth between two polar options, both of them obsessive. On the one hand, they eliminate the presence of the body in public and private discourse. In … Continue reading

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Haredi Authorities Permit Themselves

While Haredi authorities recognize this, they cannot permit themselves not to wage an all-out war against mobilization. Candidates for conscription are intimidated and condemned, while those who do sign up are cursed and excommunicated. Written By Prof. Gideon Aran In … Continue reading

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Haredi Body Culture Has a Rich Repertoire Of Indirect

As in other puritanical cultures, Haredi body culture has a rich repertoire of indirect and suggestive expressions for talking about intimate issues or areas, which can nonetheless be interpreted as sharp and serious. Written By Gideon Aran Some expressions for … Continue reading

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One-On-One Meetings With Authoritative Experts

Explicit guidance and methodical policing form a part of sermons, morality lessons, lectures by yeshiva heads and “supervisors”, as well in one-on-one meetings with authoritative experts on matters of the body. Written By Prof. Gideon Aran Usually they are turned … Continue reading

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Gideon Aran: Role Of Socializing Agents

All the adults in his environment are placed against him in the role of socializing agents, including his older brothers (even though the age gap may be small), neighbors, fellow worshippers in the synagogue, and even passersby from the community. … 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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The Haredim body knowledge – On Foot

At the bottom of the lower part of the body we find the foot, the lowest limb, which is therefore particularly sensitive. The Haredim have a body of knowledge concerning the foot of God. Written By Professor Gideon Aran  There … Continue reading

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Prof. Gideon Aran: The Haredi’s singular costume

The Haredi’s singular costume is made complete by a special belt, which is meant to “interpose” (chatzitza) between that which lies above it, and that which lies below. Written By Prof. Gideon Aran The Hassidim in particular place emphasis on … Continue reading

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