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 technique which has been spurred on by means of 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 neighborhood enclave, a variety of smooth traits and kingdom associations, resembling secularization, consumerism, feminism, and the army, are having a profound effect at the yeshiva international. In different phrases, modernity is making inroads into the Jewish state’s Haredi “ghetto” and remodeling many facets of daily life. Over the process her prolonged examine in this neighborhood, Stadler has discerned adjustments in numerous key components, together with non secular existence; the relatives constitution; and the community’s interface with govt experts and the remainder of the population. Her publication sheds mild on all of those developments.
"Stadler starts her booklet with an intensive assessment of the literature on faith and modernity. She then discusses her learn 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: developments in Israeli Haredi tradition makes a huge contribution, bringing to an English-speaking viewers extra of this becoming Israeli educational conversation….Stadler deals a wealthy figuring out of Haredi event in response to shut commentary, interviews, written resources, and multimedia fabrics. Stadler is a part of a growing to be team of Israeli scholars of Haredi culture…who provide wealthy research of latest Haredi tradition from an anthropological standpoint, as well as increasingly more students engaged on economics, geography, quantitative sociology, background, Jewish notion, and Jewish law.” (Yoel Finkelman H-Net experiences)
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7 Cf. Tamar Rapoport’s study (1999) on the link between female piety and the construction of subjectivity in fundamentalist religious-Zionist schools. Based on her fieldwork at an all-girls boarding school, she argues that the teenage pupils reinterpret their daily experiences with adhering to the community’s standards of modesty and discuss their anticipated experiences as wives and mothers (also see Rapoport, Penso, and Garb 1994, 1995; Rapoport, Penso, and Halbertal 1996). 45 46 Chapter 2 Haredis on the Move The above-mentioned resurgence of ultra-Orthodoxy in Israel has instilled Haredis with a great deal of self-confidence, to the point where the community feels the need to make its mark on mainstream civil society (Caplan and Stadler, forthcoming).
This sense of accomplishment has been bolstered by the strong influx of new individuals and groups into the Haredi ranks. To contend with the many and manifold needs of these neophytes and attract more “recruits,” the community has been forced to broaden its institutional reach (Caplan and Stadler forthcoming). In the wake of the Holocaust, Israel’s small ultra-Orthodox community expended most of its energy on maintaining a culture of isolation, building defense mechanisms, and concocting survival strategies.
Moreover, he is deemed to be a leading kabbalist and the author of Sefer haZohar (Book of Splendor, the canonical text of Jewish mysticism). R. Shimon’s tomb attracts pilgrims throughout the year, but his hillulah on the festival of Lag Ba’omer is probably the largest annual gathering in all of Israel. Bilu describes the h. alaka (first haircut) ceremony during this event (2003, 173). According to kabbalistic tradition, a Jewish boy gets his maiden haircut at the age of three. At Meron, the h. alaka is performed by the proud fathers against the ecstatic backdrop of the mass pilgrimage to the tomb.
A Well-Worn Tallis for a New Ceremony: Trends in Israeli Haredi Culture (Jewish Identity in Post Modern Society) by Nurit Stadler