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 continuing reconstruction of Haredi tradition in Israel, a method which has been spurred on by means 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 glossy tendencies and country associations, equivalent to secularization, consumerism, feminism, and the army, are having a profound impression at the yeshiva global. In different phrases, modernity is making inroads into the Jewish state’s Haredi “ghetto” and remodeling many features of way of life. Over the process her prolonged examine in this group, Stadler has discerned alterations in numerous key parts, together with spiritual lifestyles; the family members constitution; and the community’s interface with executive specialists and the remainder of the population. Her booklet sheds mild on all of those developments.


"Stadler starts off her e-book with a radical assessment 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: traits in Israeli Haredi tradition makes a huge contribution, bringing to an English-speaking viewers extra of this transforming into Israeli educational conversation….Stadler deals a wealthy figuring out of Haredi event according to shut statement, interviews, written assets, and multimedia fabrics. Stadler is a part of a transforming into team of Israeli scholars of Haredi culture…who provide wealthy research of up to date Haredi tradition from an anthropological point of view, as well as increasingly more students engaged on economics, geography, quantitative sociology, background, Jewish proposal, and Jewish law.” (Yoel Finkelman H-Net experiences)

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During the eighties, the number of seminarians who were exempt from army service under the category “torato omanuto” (Torah is his vocation) was upwards of 30,000. Within ten years, though, there were over 70,000 and the numbers continue to rise (Schiffer 1998). In contrast, Haredi men in the United States participate in the modern labor market and fulfill civil obligations. Accordingly, most members of non-Israeli ultra-Orthodox communities are part of the middle class, whereas the majority of their Israeli counterparts find themselves in the lower or lower-middle class (Caplan 2003a, 79).

Challenging the Citizenship Mold ZAKA and the Management of Death ZAKA is a voluntary, all-male, emergency recovery organization that, according to its official website (2011), is the brainchild of a dedicated yeshiva student from Jerusalem: In 1989, while studying in a yeshiva, Yehuda Meshi Zahav, the founder and chairman of ZAKA, and his fellow students were startled into reality by a thunderous boom, 2 minutes of silence and then scores of bloodcurdling screams. The number 405 bus was steered over the mountainside by a terrorist.

In my estimation, this schema of two mutually exclusive forms of relations between the state and fundamentalist groups is in the grips of change. More specifically, I would like to suggest a different theoretical approach that points to the emergence of a new fundamentalist strategy towards citizenship and the state, which I discerned over the course of my extended research on ultra-Orthodoxy in Israel (Stadler et al 2008). Although this collective is widely-viewed as quiescent and passive, in recent years Haredi activists have blazed a new path of civic action by Challenging the Citizenship Mold fusing Judaism’s traditional outlook on philanthropy, compassion, and death with liberal notions of voluntarism.

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