Monthly Archives: April 2014

Notes on Haredi Physicality – The hair






It is a commonplace in anthropological literature that hair on the head and face is an effective symbolic medium for expressing identity and changes in identity, especially because it is immediately noticeable and easy to manipulate. Hair is a familiar … Continue reading




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Notes on Haredi Physicality – In The Nude






All clothing, and much more so a peculiar uniform like that worn by the Haredim, has a straightjacket effect on its wearer, as it restricts and defines his consciousness and behavior. This includes the influence of clothing on body language … Continue reading




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Prof. Gideon Aran: Body and Society – Male Body and Religious Body






In the past decade or two, writing about the human body has become a flourishing industry in the social sciences and humanities. A rich literature has accumulated on the Body and Society, including on the male body, and the religious … Continue reading




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Prof. Gideon Aran – Yeshiva Mizrachit And The Haredi Body






Yeshiva mizrachit is hegemonic. Of course, not everybody adopts it, and there are those who positively reject it. Certain groups of Jewish citizens from the pre-state yishuv, as well from today’s state, can be singled out for not practicing yeshiva … Continue reading




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Gideon Aran – Sitting Posture, Native Israeliness and Ultra-Orthodoxy






American readers of a certain age will no doubt have come across this phenomenon at the time of the ‘flower children’, and it still may be possible to find it in enclaves of 1960s sub-culture, or among New Age holdouts. … Continue reading




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