28 Facts About Haredi


Some scholars have suggested that Haredi Judaism is a reaction to societal changes, including political emancipation, the Haskalah movement derived from the Enlightenment, acculturation, secularization, religious reform in all its forms from mild to extreme, the rise of the Jewish national movements, etc.

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However, many Haredi communities encourage their young people to get a professional degree or establish a business.

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Haredi is a Modern Hebrew adjective derived from the Biblical verb, which appears in the Book of Isaiah and is translated as "[one who] trembles" at the word of God.

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Haredi's approach was to accept the tools of modern scholarship and apply them in defence of Orthodox Judaism.

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Haredi explained that the Agudas Israel community would cooperate with the Vaad Leumi and the National Jewish Council in matters pertaining to the municipality, but sought to protect its religious convictions independently.

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Original Haredi population has been instrumental in the expansion of their lifestyle, though criticisms have been made of discrimination towards the later adopters of the Haredi lifestyle in shidduchim and the school system.

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Haredi Judaism is not an institutionally cohesive or homogeneous group, but comprises a diversity of spiritual and cultural orientations, generally divided into a broad range of Hasidic courts and Litvishe-Yeshivish streams from Eastern Europe, and Oriental Sephardic Haredi Jews.

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Haredi families are usually much larger than non-Orthodox Jewish families, with as many as twelve or more children.

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Haredi Jews are typically opposed to the viewing of television and films, and the reading of secular newspapers and books.

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Haredi neighborhoods tend to be safe and free from violent crime.

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In Israel, the entrances to some of the most extreme Haredi neighborhoods are fitted with signs asking that modest clothing be worn.

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Since 1973, buses catering to Haredi Jews running from Rockland County and Brooklyn into Manhattan have had separate areas for men and women, allowing passengers to conduct on-board prayer services.

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Haredi publications tend to shield their readership from objectionable material, and perceive themselves as a "counterculture", desisting from advertising secular entertainment and events.

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The editorial policy of a Haredi newspaper is determined by a rabbinical board, and every edition is checked by a rabbinical censor.

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The Haredi leaders have at times suggested a ban on the internet and any internet-capable device, their reasoning being that the immense amount of information can be corrupting, and the ability to use the internet with no observation from the community can lead to individuation.

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Some Haredi businessmen utilize the internet throughout the week, but they still observe Shabbat in every aspect by not accepting or processing orders from Friday evening to Saturday evening.

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Since many Haredi Jews do not listen to the radio or have access to the internet, even if they read newspapers, they are left with little or no access to breaking news.

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Chief political division among Haredi Jews has been in their approach to the State of Israel.

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Purpose of marriage in the Haredi viewpoint is for the purpose of companionship, as well as for the purpose of having children.

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In 2017, some predominantly Haredi cities reported the highest growth rates in divorce in the Israel, in the context of generally falling rates of divorce.

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However, the nation's population of military-aged Haredi men were exempted from service in the Israel Defense Forces under the Torato Umanuto arrangement, which officially granted deferred entry into the IDF for yeshiva students, but in practice allowed young Haredi men to serve for a significantly reduced period of time or bypass military service altogether.

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The vast majority of Haredi men continue to receive deferments from military service.

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Several Haredi leaders have threatened that Haredi populations would leave the country if forced to enlist.

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The committee called for increasing the number of Haredi students receiving technical training through the Industry, Trade, and Labor Ministry and forcing Haredi schools to carry out standardized testing, as is done at other public schools.

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Haredi families living in Israel benefited from government-subsidized child care when the father studied Torah and the mother worked at least 24 hours per week.

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In recent decades, Haredi society has grown due to the addition of a religious population that identifies with the Shas movement.

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The largest Israeli Haredi concentrations are in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Modi'in Illit, Beitar Illit, Beit Shemesh, Kiryat Ye'arim, Ashdod, Rekhasim, Safed, and El'ad.

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People who decide to leave Haredi communities are sometimes shunned and pressured or forced to abandon their children.

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