By Nurit Stadler
A Well-Worn Tallis for a brand new rite is a examine of up to date ultra-Orthodox religiosity in Israel. This e-book analyzes the continuing reconstruction of Haredi tradition in Israel, a approach which has been spurred on via 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 group enclave, quite a few sleek developments and nation associations, reminiscent of 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 reworking many elements of way of life. Over the process her prolonged examine in this neighborhood, Stadler has discerned alterations in numerous key components, together with non secular existence; the relations constitution; and the community’s interface with executive specialists and the remainder of the population. Her e-book 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 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 a massive contribution, bringing to an English-speaking viewers extra of this growing to be Israeli educational conversation….Stadler deals a wealthy realizing of Haredi adventure in keeping with shut remark, interviews, written resources, and multimedia fabrics. Stadler is a part of a becoming workforce of Israeli scholars of Haredi culture…who supply 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 notion, and Jewish law.” (Yoel Finkelman H-Net studies)
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A case in point is Pentecostalism, a global federation of churches possessing a roughly similar devotional and organizational model (Martin 1990, 2001; Lehmann 2001, 2002, 2003). Drawing on the case study of Pentecostalism, Lehmann and Siebzehner (2006) demonstrate that Shas also constitutes a quasi-conversion movement. Many converts and ba’alei t’shuva (regenerate Jews) speak of how the conversion process triggers a moral transformation in their lives as well as far-reaching material changes in the following areas: social milieu, mode of dress, body language and comportment, personal financial arrangements, sexual relations, and eating norms.
As part of her research, El-Or takes stock of the central role of literacy in their attempts to live more pious lives. A prime example of this is the thriving female learning circles. Moreover, she documents the creative involvement of women in the revival and reshaping of Haredi culture. In fact, she contends that female literacy is sparking a profound transformation in ultra-Orthodox Judaism. Erudite women are deemphasizing the gender of the believer so as to enable themselves to take part in the community’s public discourse for the first time.
As part of their efforts, these women have devised a creative approach to interpreting Jewish rules for their followers. Career Students Enrollment at post-high school yeshivas in Israel continues to soar. 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.
A Well-Worn Tallis for a New Ceremony: Trends in Israeli Haredi Culture (Jewish Identity in Post Modern Society) by Nurit Stadler