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

Prof. Gideon AranIt is precisely those who have stopped putting on phylacteries for daily morning prayer, who return to observing this commandment and others as part of their military service, and as part of what becomes taken for granted in a framework with strong group pressures.

A total institution with uncompromising standards that encourages the revival of Haredi sentiment and the strengthening of Haredi consciousness. In the Haredi Nachal, Talmud study or reciting of blessings is performed as military routines.

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

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