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 e-book analyzes the continued reconstruction of Haredi tradition in Israel, a approach which has been spurred on by way of the demanding situations of modernity, the global resurgence of faith, and the robust 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 sleek developments and nation associations, comparable to secularization, consumerism, feminism, and the army, are having a profound effect at the yeshiva global. In different phrases, modernity is making inroads into the Jewish state’s Haredi “ghetto” and remodeling many points of lifestyle. Over the process her prolonged study in this group, Stadler has discerned adjustments in different key components, together with non secular existence; the kin constitution; and the community’s interface with executive professionals and the remainder of the population. Her booklet sheds gentle on all of those developments.
"Stadler starts off her e-book with an intensive evaluate of the literature on faith and modernity. She then discusses her learn 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 an enormous contribution, bringing to an English-speaking viewers extra of this becoming Israeli educational conversation….Stadler deals a wealthy figuring out of Haredi adventure in line with shut remark, interviews, written assets, and multimedia fabrics. Stadler is a part of a starting to be staff of Israeli scholars of Haredi culture…who supply wealthy research of latest Haredi tradition from an anthropological standpoint, as well as progressively more students engaged on economics, geography, quantitative sociology, heritage, Jewish notion, and Jewish law.” (Yoel Finkelman H-Net experiences)
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Extra resources for A Well-Worn Tallis for a New Ceremony: Trends in Israeli Haredi Culture (Jewish Identity in Post Modern Society)
This is not only a cultural process, but a natural outcome of its demographic growth. The different avenues of change, which scholars have recently documented, attest to the across-the board efforts that Haredi society is making to revamp its lifestyle. While assimilating new bodies of knowledge, the ultra-Orthodox sector is nevertheless maintaining its religiosity. These substantial adjustments are indicative of how Haredis believe that authentic Judaism should be practiced in the modern era. I have analyzed these very changes through a number of prisms, not least Reuven Kahane’s informal model (especially in chapter 7).
While ultra-Orthodox leaders continue to trumpet the importance of defending the community’s “pure boundaries” by means of universal yeshiva attendance for males, different Haredi factors are trying to reconcile between ideology and economic reality. Yet another motivation behind reforming the system is the Israeli mainstream’s criticism that the yeshiva students are taking a “free ride” at the expense of others (Stadler 2002, 2008). At any rate, the community now offers more vocational training and academic education for both men and women alike (Lupo 2003).
Haredis are divided into dozens of sects, rabbinic courts, and movements which struggle for power, authority, and resources. The historical Jewish schism that erupted in the 1800s between the upstart Hasids, who placed a greater emphasis on spirituality, and the more rational-minded mitnagdim (or Lithuanians, literally “the opponents”) has for all intents and purposes been patched up. However, new sub-groups have emerged in the modern Jewish state. Whereas Friedman (1991) divided Israel’s Haredis into four principal groups—Lithuanians, Polish Hasidim, Hungarians, and Jerusalemites— in the early 1990s, Kimmy Caplan (2003b, 2007) asserts that today the primary camps are Ashkenazim (Jews of European or latterly American descent) and Sephardim (Jews from Asia and North Africa).
A Well-Worn Tallis for a New Ceremony: Trends in Israeli Haredi Culture (Jewish Identity in Post Modern Society) by Nurit Stadler