Schusterman Center for Israel Studies:

ONLINEModesty: Law and Ideology in Israeli Orthodox Communities

November 3, 2022 Waltham Free
Warning sign at the entrance to the Mea Shearim neighborhood (Photo: Lisa Mathon /Wikimedia Commons)

Join the Brandeis community in person or on Zoom for a seminar with Dr. Emmanuel Bloch, on “Tsni’ut (Modesty): Between Law and Ideology in Israeli Orthodox Communities.”

This talk will examine the evolution of tsni’ut (traditional female modesty), which was encoded in Jewish law toward the middle of the twentieth century. Previously, tsni’ut was a mimetic way of life, informally passed on from mother to daughter, at home and in the street—but it was not couched in legal language.

Since the 1960s, several meta-halakhic visions of tsni’ut have emerged, both in Israel and in North America. Each vision encodes a conversation on the place of law, sexuality and the body, intergender relationships and more. Each vision also evidences complex interactions between halakhah (Jewish law) and meta-halakhah.

This presentation is part of the Schusterman Seminars series, advanced seminars geared toward faculty and graduate students, and open to all, presenting the latest research in Israel Studies to the Schusterman Center community and beyond. To see the fall lineup, please visit their website.

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Thursday, November 3, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Brandeis University
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Waltham, MA 02453

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