Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Mikveh- Chance To Examine The Body






We could add another latent function: the mikveh gives the Haredi the chance to examine his body, to experience it, and compare it with others. It is virtually the only opportunity available to Haredim to satisfy their curiosity about their … Continue reading




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Prof. Gideon Aran: The Nakedness of The Haredim






There was no feeling that the nakedness of the Haredim was accompanied by any particular tension. A certain degree of haste while in the nude was observed, but we can easily explain this in terms of time pressure, and not … Continue reading




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Institutionalized Public Undressing – The mikveh






It is most surprising to find institutionalized public undressing at the heart of Haredi community. The Haredi is exposed both symbolically and literally at the mikveh, the Jewish purifying bath, prescribed in the Halacha with a detailed explication of the … Continue reading




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