The “family-community” Model in Haredi Society

Peter Y. Medding

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry: Volume XIV: Coping with Life and Death: Jewish Families in the Twentieth Century

Published in print May 1999 | ISBN: 9780195128208
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854592 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

The “family-community” Model in Haredi Society

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In the historical and economic reality of Eastern Europe in the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, the Lithuanian yeshivah and its “society of scholars” did not constitute a serious threat to the dual process of modernization and secularization, with all that this entailed. Only after the Holocaust, and within the framework of the modern, affluent society that developed in the Western world and in Israel, did the yeshivah succeed in becoming what may be characterized as the family-community, which to a great extent replaced the biological family, on the one hand, and the modem and secular sociocultural environment, on the other hand. This chapter analyzes both the symbiosis and the contradictions in relations between the family and the yeshivah as a family-community in the evolution of the haredi “society of scholars” that occurred within the framework of affluent modern societies.

Keywords: Eastern Europe; Jewish family; yeshivah; scholars; modern societies

Chapter.  6819 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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