A Well-Worn Tallis for a New Ceremony: Trends in Israeli by Nurit Stadler

By Nurit Stadler

A Well-Worn Tallis for a brand new rite is a research of latest ultra-Orthodox religiosity in Israel. This ebook analyzes the continued reconstruction of Haredi tradition in Israel, a method which has been spurred on via 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 group enclave, a variety of sleek tendencies and kingdom associations, similar to secularization, consumerism, feminism, and the army, are having a profound impression at the yeshiva international. In different phrases, modernity is making inroads into the Jewish state’s Haredi “ghetto” and reworking many features of lifestyle. Over the process her prolonged examine in this neighborhood, Stadler has discerned adjustments in numerous key components, together with spiritual lifestyles; the family members constitution; and the community’s interface with govt experts and the remainder of the population. Her ebook sheds gentle on all of those developments.


"Stadler starts her booklet with an intensive overview of the literature on faith and modernity. She then discusses her examine findings on haredim. Stadler's attention-grabbing 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: tendencies in Israeli Haredi tradition makes an enormous contribution, bringing to an English-speaking viewers extra of this transforming into Israeli educational conversation….Stadler deals a wealthy knowing of Haredi adventure in response to shut statement, interviews, written assets, and multimedia fabrics. Stadler is a part of a starting to be staff of Israeli scholars of Haredi culture…who provide wealthy research of latest Haredi tradition from an anthropological point of view, as well as an increasing number of students engaged on economics, geography, quantitative sociology, historical past, Jewish idea, and Jewish law.” (Yoel Finkelman H-Net stories)

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While the entire community is indeed unwaveringly dedicated to the most rigorous interpretation of halacha the level of adherence therein to each of the aforementioned ideas varies appreciably, so that Israel’s Haredis do not comprise a monolithic whole. Instead, they are partitioned into several distinct groups, which are embroiled in an on-going, intra-denominational power struggle over authority and resources (Heilman 1983, 1992). According to Kimmy Caplan (2007), the community is essentially divided between Ashkenazim (Jews of European descent) and Sephardim (Jews of Asian or North African descent).

Moreover, the Ashkenazic and Sephardic communities have their own unique relations and strategies for dealing with the state. Over the next few pages, I will expound upon ultra-Orthodoxy’s ascendant yeshiva culture. In these circles, it is incumbent upon the yeshiva student to shun all worldly practices and devote every waking hour to intellectual and spiritual activities. One of the principal objectives of the yeshiva system is to produce scriptural geniuses who interpret the sacred codes that govern everyday life.

In response to the state’s retreat from these commitments, private stakeholders have established new forms of civil participation with the objective of picking up the slack for the dwindling welfare state (Ben-Eliezer 1999; Peled and Ophir 2001; Ram 2007; Shafir and Peled 2002). Aside from compromising the public’s sense of security, these two trends have also paved the way for fundamentalist groups operating in the fourth sector to oppose, complement, or even support the institutions of state.

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