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The Preface to the Hebrew Translation of Purity and Danger

Albert I. Baumgarten

introduces and presents the English original of the preface Dame Mary Douglas (1921–2007) wrote for the Hebrew translation of Purity and Danger , which appeared in 2010 as part of the Libido (Sociology/Anthropology) Translation Series, published by Resling

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Book Review

Ben Belek

present manifestations. Ben Belek Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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Juan Javier Rivera Andía, Mansheetal Singh, Don Handelman, Nurit Stadler, Timothy P. A. Cooper, Nella van den Brandt, Elza Kuyk, Paul-François Tremlett, Lieke Wijnia, Gemma Aellah, Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic, Silvia Rivadossi, Inês Lourenço, and Davide Torri

acquires a different set of emergent issues to contend with. Don Handelman The Hebrew University of Jerusalem References Bar-On Cohen , Einat . 2012 . “ The Forces of Homology—Hirohito, Emperor of Japan and the 1928 Rites of Succession

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Negotiating Tradition Archives in a Community Setting

Sounds of Silence and the Question of Credibility

Tom Fogel and Dani Schrire

Following the digitization of archival records of ethnographic work conducted among Yemeni Jews in the early 1970s, we presented these findings to the same community at the same location, fifty years later. In this renegotiation, our interlocutors radically undermined the credibility of our archival material. We analyze the audience’s reactions and the way they reflect different ethnographic dynamics, contextualizing their critical position in the tensions between archival knowledge and lived repertoire in general, and specifically in relation to traumatic experiences of Yemenis in Israel. Finally, we discuss how the suspicion toward the archive is embedded in larger current discourses on “truth” and “facts” and how in this context, it can be beneficial to scrutinize tradition archives in a community setting.

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Scenarios in a Time of Urgency

Shifting Temporality and Technology

Limor Samimian-Darash


This article explores the connection between technology and temporality, and discusses specifically scenario technology and the temporality of urgency, in the context of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. It illustrates how, despite the inherent orientation toward the future potentiality in this technology, once an actual event occurs and the temporality of preparedness is overridden by a temporality of urgency, the scenario technology is adapted to the new temporality in terms of its form and content. In correspondence with the scholarship of ‘the anthropology of the future’, the article focuses on changes in temporal orientations – specifically, with a shift from a temporality of (future) preparedness to a temporal orientation of (immediate) urgency and how such a shift in temporality affects the technology of the scenario. Moving from preparing for potential future uncertainties to responding to an urgent event set in a present that is unfolding into an uncertain, immediate future provokes a new temporal orientation, for which the initial temporality of the scenario technology becomes its limitation.

Cet article explore le lien entre technologie et temporalité, et discute spécifiquement de la technologie des scénarios et de la temporalité de l'urgence, dans le contexte de la pandémie de coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Il illustre comment, malgré l'orientation inhérente de cette technologie vers la potentialité future, une fois qu'un événement réel se produit et que la temporalité de la préparation est remplacée par une temporalité d'urgence, la technologie du scénario est adaptée à la nouvelle temporalité en termes de forme et de contenu. En correspondance avec la recherche de “l'anthropologie du futur, l'article s'intéresse aux changements d'orientations temporelles — plus précisément, au passage d'une temporalité de préparation (future) à une orientation temporelle d'urgence (immédiate) et à la manière dont un tel changement de temporalité affecte la technologie du scénario. Passer de la préparation à des incertitudes futures potentielles à la réponse à un événement urgent dans un présent qui se déroule dans un futur incertain et immédiat provoque une nouvelle orientation temporelle, pour laquelle la temporalité initiale de la technologie du scénario devient sa limite.

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Cacher, festive et végétarienne

La nouvelle cuisine des fêtes juives

Sophie Nizard

le Rabbin Arthur Green (Professeur au Hebrew College de Boston), dans un article intitulé « Vegetarianism : An Alternative Kashrut » ( Green s.d. ), rappelle que la tradition juive, pour des raisons morales et spirituelles, récuse la violence et la

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Book Reviews

Kristen Ghodsee, Hülya Adak, Elsa Stéphan, Chiara Bonfiglioli, Ivan Stankov, Rumiana Stoilova, Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild, Mara Lazda, Adrienne Harris, Ayşe Durakbaşa, Lex Heerma van Voss, Lejila Mušić, Zdeňka Kalnická, Sylwia Kuźma-Markowska, Evguenia Davidova, Tsoneva Tsoneva, Georgi Medarov, and Irina Genova

Counter - Archive will be of great interest to scholars and students in history, art history, museum studies, and critical theory. Milena Kirova, Performing Masculinity in the Hebrew Bible , Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2020, 212 pp., €75

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Jewish Law, Roman Law, and the Accordance of Hospitality to Refugees and Climate-Change Migrants

Gilad Ben-Nun

-related migrants in terms of their merit for refugee hospitality are certainly not new and date back millennia. I opt to show that this distinction between both categories of forced migrants already existed both in the Hebrew Bible and within the ancient

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The Personal and the Political

Simon Coleman and Sondra L. Hausner

through the relationships between religion, the body, and scripture. In 2005, toward the end of her life, Mary Douglas wrote a Preface to the Hebrew translation of Purity and Danger , and we republish that Preface here, alongside Albert I. Baumgarten

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Filthy Old People

Ageism in Israeli Gyms

Esther Hertzog and Assaf Lev

Implications of Ageism for the Ageing Individual in the Social, Health and Employment Spheres ’, in Ageism in the Israeli Society: Social Construction of Old Age in Israel [in Hebrew], (ed.) I. Doron ( Tel Aviv : Hakibbutz Hameuchad ; Jerusalem : Van