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God is in details : the exponential intensification of orthopraxis in contemporary Orthodox Judaism

Grant number: 15/01855-5
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2015
Effective date (End): July 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Urban Anthropology
Principal researcher:Marta Francisca Topel
Grantee:Marta Francisca Topel
Host: Nurit Stadler
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel  


The proposed research has a main hypothesis and a main goal. The main goal is to see how the Israeli Orthodox Jews learn, are updated and can comply with the hundreds of precepts, rules and customs governing the most mundane daily activities , such as different ways of washing eggplant and cauliflower, or how a sick woman must fulfill the commandment to light the Sabbath candles in case of being hospitalized. Given the huge amount of rules, I will only analyze the precepts and practices related to Jewish dietary laws , which also make up a vast compendium of laws and customs.The hypothesis I will attempt to test is that the thousands of precepts and practices that conform contemporary Orthodox Judaism can be designed as an indicator of an obsessive component in Halakhah or Jewish law. This obsession would appear to have a direct relationship with the fundamentalist character of Orthodoxy today.A abordagem metodológica será baseada na observação participante, na realização de entrevistas e na análise de fontes primárias.

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