Category Archives: Original Articles

The Ironic Result of Military Service

An ironic result of military service on the part of those Haredim whose attachment to radical religion was feeble is, paradoxically, the strengthening of their religiosity and their subsequent return to the embrace of Haredism. Written By Prof. Gideon Aran It … Continue reading

Posted in Fundamentalism, Original Articles, Orthodox | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Haredi And Purim – The Jewish Traditional Carnival

The Haredi imagination is intrigued by physicality, adventurism and by military life. This can be deduced from indirect evidence, such as analysis of children’s and youth’s costumes on Purim – the Jewish traditional carnival. Written By Prof. Gideon Aran Costumes … Continue reading

Posted in Fundamentalism, Original Articles, Orthodox, yeshiva | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Result of The Geo-Political Circumstances

As a result of the geo-political circumstances of the past several years, there are a considerable number of Haredim who have need of firearms. Not only do they accept the carrying of pistols and guns and training in marksmanship, but do … Continue reading

Posted in Original Articles, Orthodox | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Attraction to the physical and machoistic characteristics

Attraction to the physical and machoistic characteristics basic to an army career becomes revealed in the Haredi world in many ways, including buds of paramilitary, if not truly militaristic culture. Written By Prof. Gideon Aran  For instance, take the adulation … Continue reading

Posted in Original Articles, Orthodox | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Prof. Gideon Aran: Commanders of the Haredi Battalion

Commanders of the Haredi battalion find it difficult to reconcile the natural tendency to cultivate fighters’ pride in their unit with the requirement to admit their inferiority relative to full-time yeshiva scholars. Written By Prof. Gideon Aran Moreover, the tendency … Continue reading

Posted in Original Articles, yeshiva | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Gideon Aran: The Haredi unit in the late 1990s

The Haredi unit was established in the late 1990s following the initiative of army officers of the National-Religious sector who made contact with certain Haredi rabbis of rather marginal and somewhat controversial status in their community, and who specialized in … Continue reading

Posted in Original Articles, Orthodox | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Prof. Gideon Aran: Nachal Haredi – The Popularly Labeled

The phenomenon discussed here is popularly labeled Nachal Haredi,though its name was officially changed into the more religiously Jewish sounding Netzach Yehuda (Eternal Judea). This is a real fighting unit, with an exhausting course of training and dangerous operational duties. … Continue reading

Posted in Original Articles, Orthodox | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gideon Aran: Fundamentalist Violence and Military Service

The Haredim refuse to be conscripted into Israel Defense Forces. For years now they have been exempted by the State of Israel from this demanding duty despite the resentment of the majority of the Jewish population who complain of the … Continue reading

Posted in Fundamentalism, Original Articles | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Gideon Aran: The Haredi Violence is Sometimes Inner-Oriented

The Haredi violence is sometimes inner-oriented. Not only as part of inter-group friction mentioned before, but also in a semi-institutional, partly controlled framework. Written By Gideon Aran It is a coercive intra-communal violence aimed at reinforcement of conformity and performed by … Continue reading

Posted in Original Articles, Orthodox | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Prof. Gideon Aran: outbursts of violence

These outbursts are limited in space and in duration. They are usually episodes lasting only for a day or a few hours and focus on specific issues. Written By Gideon Aran Only rarely has Haredi violence exceeded these limits. One … Continue reading

Posted in Original Articles, Orthodox | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment