By Nurit Stadler

A Well-Worn Tallis for a brand new rite is a learn of up to date ultra-Orthodox religiosity in Israel. This ebook analyzes the continued reconstruction of Haredi tradition in Israel, a procedure which has been spurred on by way of the demanding situations of modernity, the global resurgence of faith, and the powerful sway of Israeliness. regardless of its founders’ and the current leadership’s long-standing eff orts to set up and buttress a neighborhood enclave, a number of glossy developments and kingdom associations, resembling secularization, consumerism, feminism, and the army, are having a profound influence at the yeshiva global. In different phrases, modernity is making inroads into the Jewish state’s Haredi “ghetto” and reworking many facets of daily life. Over the process her prolonged learn in this neighborhood, Stadler has discerned adjustments in different key components, together with non secular lifestyles; the family members constitution; and the community’s interface with govt experts and the remainder of the population. Her e-book sheds mild on all of those developments.


"Stadler starts her e-book with a radical evaluation of the literature on faith and modernity. She then discusses her examine findings on haredim. Stadler's interesting paintings illustrates the interplay among fundamentalist ideals and lifestyle in the context of modernity." (Roberta Rosenberg Farber)

“Nurit Stadler’s A Well-Worn Tallis for a brand new rite: developments in Israeli Haredi tradition makes a massive contribution, bringing to an English-speaking viewers extra of this starting to be Israeli educational conversation….Stadler deals a wealthy figuring out of Haredi adventure in keeping with shut statement, interviews, written assets, and multimedia fabrics. Stadler is a part of a transforming into crew of Israeli scholars of Haredi culture…who provide wealthy research of latest Haredi tradition from an anthropological point of view, as well as progressively more students engaged on economics, geography, quantitative sociology, historical past, Jewish idea, and Jewish law.” (Yoel Finkelman H-Net stories)

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Likewise, the movement described the First Gulf War (1991) as an eschatological struggle against Jewry’s enemies and the allies’ victory was seen as the work of god. Since Schneerson’s death in 1994, the movement has gone through a turbulent period, as it threatens to splinter into two different sects: those who continue to view the rebbe as the “chosen one” and thus reject the notion that he died; and the rationalist-reform camp, which believes that Schneerson has indeed passed on. Lubavitch’s outreach program is grounded on its network of Chabad Houses across the globe.

3 It bears noting that the Haredi parties’ clout has always surpassed their actual dimensions thanks to Israel’s fractured multi-party system. 37 38 Chapter 2 The spike in Haredi political involvement is also tied to the community’s precarious economic state. According to Eli Berman (1998, 2000, 913-914), the proportion of Haredi men between the ages of 25 and 54 who did not participate in the labor market shot up from 41 percent in 1980 to 60 percent in 1996, and these numbers continue to mount.

Over the past twenty years, the ultra-Orthodox community has undergone radical changes in a wide range of lifestyle and cultural areas. The dedication to the Torah, exclusion of women from public life, male yeshiva asceticism, and sector-wide separatism—all features that defined the quiescent nature of Israeli yeshiva fundamentalism at its inception—have all been challenged by members of 39 40 Chapter 2 the community. In consequence, ultra-Orthodox leaders, who previously saw themselves as the “guardians of the walls” (shomrai ha’h.

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