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Stop the Spread: Gossip, COVID-19, and the Theology of Social Life

Center for Jewish Studies, Fordham University, New York, NY 10023, USA
Academic Editors: Roberta Ricucci and Solange Lefebvre
Religions 2021, 12(12), 1037; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12121037
Received: 25 August 2021 / Revised: 29 October 2021 / Accepted: 16 November 2021 / Published: 24 November 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pandemic, Religion and Non-religion)
Scholars, journalists, and activists alike have offered a variety of explanations to understand the high incidence of COVID-19 among Haredi Jewish communities in the United States and abroad. Despite their differences, each assumes that Haredi Jews are inherently collectivistic. This article challenges this assumption and contends that COVID-19 has amplified pre-existing anxieties about the lack of proper social cohesion and solidarity within Haredi Jewish communities. It analyzes these dynamics through “Stop the Spread”, a Haredi “anti-gossip” campaign that links the ill health of social relations within the Haredi Jewish body politic to the spread of SARS-CoV-2 within its communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: gossip; COVID-19; Haredi Jews; theology; solidarity; political economy of language gossip; COVID-19; Haredi Jews; theology; solidarity; political economy of language
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