From the Army of G-d to the Israeli armed forces: an interaction between two cultural models

Yohai Hakak

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Abstract

chapter explores the interaction between Haredi cadets and the Israeli army system, during a basic army-training course for Haredi young men. The Haredi cadets arrive with a masculine model which in many aspects is totally different and even contrary to that of the army. I will show the ways the Haredi cadets react to the army discourse and practices and the occasions in which they choose to internalize it, or resist, subvert and reshape it. As a whole it will be shown that during the basic training course the Haredi cadets reshape Haredi masculinity. In contrast to the fears of the Haredi rabbis, it seems that the basic training course does not enhance secularization, and for many of them it even encourages the reenactment of Jewish heroism, and encourages them to strengthen their religiosity and observance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGender, religion and change in the Middle East: two hundred years of history
EditorsI. Okkenhaug, I. Flaskrud
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherBerg Publishers
Pages29-45
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781845201982
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Publication series

NameCross-cultural perspectives on women
PublisherBerg Publishers

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