Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents [Includes Dedication]

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p. v

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xi

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Preface

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pp. xiii-xviii

When the Zionist state was created, a new form of ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) fundamentalism developed as well, a postwar variation of fundamentalism invigorated by devotees struggling to defend a Jewish lifestyle destroyed in the Holocaust. in this rejuvenated religiosity, all men are...

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1. Introduction: Redefining Male Piety and Fundamentalism

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pp. 1-34

As a result of and in response to the challenges of modernity, male piety is now being reconsidered and reconstructed in the fundamentalist world. Piety has always been at the heart of religion and is expressed in a variety of ways: through abstinence and mourning, with a...

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2. Yeshiva Fundamentalism in Israel’s Haredi Community

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pp. 35-51

The Haredi community in Israel today comprises between 6 and 10 percent of the country’s population (Berman 2000; Dahan 1998). There are two main Haredi centers: the Mea She’arim neighborhood in Jerusalem, and Bnei Brak in central Israel. ...

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3. On the Edge of Transgression: The Study of the Talmud and the “Evil Inclination”

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pp. 52-73

After a long interview with Moshe about yeshiva life, I asked him about its many prohibitions. Moshe asked me whether I was familiar with the writings on the evil inclination and explained his view of these restrictions: ...

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4. Challenges to the Fundamentalist Denunciation of Work

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pp. 74-95

During a long interview with Abraham, a Lithuanian yeshiva student, about life in the study hall, he enthusiastically explained why yeshiva studies were more important than the labor market and why they were central to Haredi life. ...

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5. The Idealization of Soldiers’ Masculinity

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pp. 96-116

In contrast to the practices of withdrawal associated with work, a model of piety is being constituted in the yeshiva that includes an idealization of soldierhood and this worldliness.
The Haredi disapproval of military service in Israel is a modern development, formulated by the...

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6. The Domestication of Masculine Piety

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pp. 117-134

In the yeshiva community, the challenges to traditional norms of masculine piety are directly influencing and affecting the relationship between husband and wife. Accordingly, scholars studying the influence of contemporary feminism on fundamentalist groups and piety have found...

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7. A Case Study: Terror, ZAKA, and the “Soldiers of Piety”

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pp. 135-157

On October 4, 2003, twenty-nine-year-old Hanadi taysir Jaradat, a Palestinian attorney and a new member of Islamic Jihad, entered Maxim, a well-known restaurant in Haifa, and blew herself up. Nineteen people were killed that day, and more than fifty were wounded. ...

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8. Conclusion: A Reconstruction of Fundamentalism and Piety

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pp. 158-164

Piety, as I have argued throughout this book, is not a permanent pattern of belief; it is always shifting, being revised, reinterpreted, and contested. As we have seen, in the Jewish fundamentalist world, male piety is being reconsidered and reconstructed as a result of, and in...

Notes

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pp. 165-171

References

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pp. 173-187

Index

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pp. 189-196

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About the Author

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p. 197

Nurit Stadler is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. ...