Haredi and modern orthodox Essay

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Clothing: In Haredi communities, men generally wear long trousers and often long-sleeve shirts, and women wear blouses with sleeves below the elbow and skirts that cover the knees. Some women try not to follow fashion, while others wear fashionable but modest clothing. Haredi women avoid skirts with slits, preferring instead kick-pleats. They also avoid overly eye-catching colors, especially bright red. After the women get married, they cover their heads with either scarves, hats or wigs. Some Modern Orthodox men will wear shorts, but Haredi men will not, and many will not wear short sleeves at all. Sandals without socks, while generally not worn in a synagogue (religious place where Jews meet), are usually accepted in Modern Orthodox and Religious Zionist Communities in Israel for daily dress. Haredi Ashkenazi practice discourages sandals without socks both in and out of the synagogue. Haredi Sefardic communities tend to accept sandals at least outside of synagogue and sometimes in synagogue as well.
Beliefs: The term "Ultra-Orthodox" Jews is also known as Haredi Jews, although both of these terms are considered negative in some circles. Ultra-Orthodox do not reject the modern world or technologies entirely, but they treat adaptations of Jewish law to fit that world as very serious. Most of the differences between Haredi and Orthodox perspectives have to do with decisions of oral law as to how the Torah should be applied to a modern situation. In many basic senses, the two groups tend to agree, but it is the more specifics things that tends to separate them. Hasidic Judaism is a movement within Haredi Judaism that focuses on the study of the spiritual and joyful elements of the Talmud. Hasidim focus on a loving and joyful observance of the laws laid out in the Torah, and an endless love for everything God created. Hasidic Judaism sets aside the earlier emphasis on studying the Torah from an academic perspective, and instead promotes the experience of it at all moments. Within the movement there are a number of sects, including the Satmar, Belz, Ger, Sanz, Puppa, Spinka, and Lubavitch.
Language: Most Haredi Jews are fluent in Yiddish, and speak it as a first language. Yiddish is commonly used in Ashkenazi Haredi communities, as for Russian Jews, most of them are secular, they speak Russian or Hebrew, only a very small percentage of the old Russian Jews can still speak Yiddish. The culture surrounding the Yiddish speaking Haredi Jew is one that is extremely protected. In the Jewish Haredi communities, Yiddish has never lost its supremacy. These groups have refused to corrupt Hebrew, the sacred language, by using it in daily life. Their stand grew even firmer when Hebrew became the official language of a state. The Haredi have produced a vast quantity of material in Yiddish - traditional Talmudic commentaries, educational texts, and newspapers - and they have adapted their language to modern technologies. Readings in Yiddish of influential rabbis are reproduced on audio and video cassettes. By an ironical twist of history, Haredi Jews in Israel can now speak Yiddish with people they never expected to meet. So, currently in Israel, Haredi Jews use Yiddish as their first and native language as they believe that Hebrew should only be used for prayer and bible reading.

Modern Orthodox
Clothing: All Orthodox Jewish women clothing will be in common with the fact that it covers the body from the neckline till the knee. While there are huge differences in dress