Minorities in Israel
Primary Source from the National Library of Israel
This is a poster advertising a Hasssidic Song Festival.
Hassidim are a sect of the Haredi (or ultra-Orthodox) community. Although this poster advertises Hasidic music, it is not intended for the Haredi community. This is clear from the inclusion of female performers, something that is not accepted in the Haredi community. Despite this, it gives us an insight into the way in which Israeli society views this community.
Israel is home to a large number of minorities who come from diverse religions and countries of origin; some came to Israel by choice, others sought a haven in the country.
One of these minorities are the Haredim, the ultra-Orthodox Jews. The word Haredi derives from the Hebrew, to tremble before God. These Jews live a life strictly dictated by the Torah and Jewish law. They often live in secluded areas, as they are wary of modern life and see it as a danger to their way of life. Their dress varies from sect to sect, and so do many of their customs. Some Haredim do enlist in the IDF, although the majority tend to ask for an exemption on religious grounds. This has been a very controversial issue in recent years.
Natan, Gabriella, Toby
This group chose to focus their research on the Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) minority group,
and focused on their dress, customs and relationship to general society.