Tag Archives: Prof. Gideon Aran

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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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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Gideon Aran – about price tag attacks






Sociologist and anthropologist Gideon Aran said: “Actually, the divide, the tension, the conflict is not just a religious one. The political or religious conflict is imposed upon the national one. And the two of them together obviously are harder to … Continue reading




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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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Don’t let The Mirror Peep At Your Body






There are restrictions on nudity even when alone. For instance, Haredim mention that in the toilet a Jew should “expose a little and cover up even more”; an oft-quoted story is told of an exemplary character from the period of … Continue reading




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