Acknowledgments
This book could not have been written without the intellectual
and emotional support of many people both in the United States and
in Israel. Susan Gilson Miller was an important source of advice
and support during every stage of this project. At Harvard Univer-
sity, Michael Herzfeld, Begona Aretxaga, Mary Steedly, and Arthur
Kleinman provided crucial comments, criticisms, and suggestions. I
am very grateful to Daniel Boyarin, Faye Ginsburg, Sarah Franklin,
Marcia Inhorn, Carmel Shalev, David Golinkin, Helen Epstein, and
Madeline Kochen for reading sections of the manuscript and offer-
ing invaluable insights. Any sins of commission or omission in the
following pages are obviously my own. My new colleagues at Bran-
deis University have been very supportive. I particularly thank Shu-
lamit Reinharz, Sylvia Barack Fishman, Helene Greenberg, Sylvia
Fuks Fried, Marc Brettler, and Jonathan Sarna. The help, interest,
and collegiality of Don Seeman, Adam Weisberg, Samantha King,
and Dana Isaacoff were important to me throughout this project.
Although Janet Adelman and Ruth Wisse teach literature, not an-
thropology, their intellectual examples have been very inspiring to
me. I thank Florence DeVecchi for making the study of anthropology
so interesting to me in the first place.
In Jerusalem, I am very grateful to my friends, particularly Judy
Paikin, Gladys Groner, Dani Groner, Tessa Manoim, Dorit Or-
tal, Susie Schneider, Tali Birkhan, Susan Moser, Renee Goutmann,
Batya Kallus, Menachem Kallus, Tslila Zagagi, Yael Shaul, Shosh,
Katya, Tamar, and Golda, for their friendship, warmth, and hospi-
tality. They kept me sane, invited me over for delicious meals, and
challenged me to think carefully about the many ideas this project
generated. Getting to know Dr. Carmel Shalev was one of the great
perks of this project, and her extremely generous intellectual input
into my early thinking about these ideas was invaluable.
The staff at various hospitals and clinics in Israel were generally
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