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Sleep Must Be Kept To A Minimum






Like eating, sleep must be kept to a minimum: only as much as is needed for regaining the strength to carry on a life of Torah and mitzvoth. As well as the effort to supervise sleep, Haredim aim to keep … Continue reading




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Professor Gideon Aran : Serious Violation Of “Wasting Your Seed”






This is a Kabbalistic term for the serious violation of “wasting your seed” through masturbation or intercourse for reasons of pleasure rather than reproduction. Written By Professor Gideon Aran  The widespread use among Haredim of terms with an affinity to … Continue reading




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Prof. Gideon Aran: career as Haredi recruits






The CO of the battalion and many of its officers – some of whom began their career as Haredi recruits – wear skull caps and beards. The majority of the soldiers sport side locks. Three daily prayer and observance of … Continue reading




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Professor Gideon Aran: The Haredi Modesty






The Haredi Modesty Squad is a self-organized group that has earned certain recognition a posteriori, usually expressed through a silent, sometimes unwilling, acquiescence on the part of rabbinical authorities. These are small units, quasi-gangs, of young Haredi activists who patrol … Continue reading




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Haredim Violence – Response To “Provocation”






Though the Haredim emphasize that their violence comes in response to “provocation” from the outside, the logic of their violence is rarely reactive. Their aggressive activities have their own rhythm reflecting their communal and religious needs. Written By Prof. Gideon … Continue reading




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Gideon Aran: The youths Haredi inciters and leaders






Conspicuous among inciters and leaders in violent confrontations on the Haredi front are youths, many of them yeshiva drop-outs, who gradually achieve the status of professional strongmen. Written By Prof. Gideon Aran Many Haredim boast of their heroic feats, while … Continue reading




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Gideon Aran: The inner tension built into the Haredi violence






There is another element of inner tension built into the Haredi violence. In the offensive episodes conceived and initiated by the Haredim they also “seek” persecution and suffering. Written By Professor Gideon Aran  While striking out at others, the participants … Continue reading




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