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.

Written By Prof. Gideon Aran



This unit is, however, officially designated as Haredi, and is fashioned appropriately. In addition to homogeneity and exclusivity in makeup, this unit enjoys special conditions designed to serve, and even further, its religious needs.

For example, special time periods are set aside for prayer and Talmud study within the unit’s intensive schedule. Moreover, not only is there concern that the command will be in religious hands, but teachers and religious “supervisors” are brought in from the outside, to oversee ongoing observance and indoctrination.

Taken from “Body, Violence and Fundamentalism: The Case of Jewish Ultra-Orthodoxy” By Prof. Gideon Aran.


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