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The Haredim In Israel

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Publication Date: January 1996

Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Menachem Friedman; Samuel C. Heilman

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Orthodox Judaism; Zionism; Migration; Religious Denominations

Type: Report

Coverage: United States Israel


This report outlines the inner life and worldview of the haredi community and provides a background on haredi doctrine, culture, politics and demographics. The authors explain the historical background of the haredim, their conflict with Zionist parties, and their recent emergence to prominence and visibility in the Israeli political and educational systems. Similarly, they shed new light on the haredi economy and their controversial and complicated relationship with the Israeli military sector. The authors conclude by focusing on the haredi communities in American Jewry, emphasizing the Lubavitch hasidim and their relationship to Israel and Israeli politics.