The Haredi Moment Has Arrived

The balance of power in the Jewish world is shifting to the ultra-Orthodox. Can conflict with the current establishment be avoided?

Thousands of haredi Jews gather at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York to raise donations for educational institutions in Israel on April 12, 2019. Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.

Thousands of haredi Jews gather at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York to raise donations for educational institutions in Israel on April 12, 2019. Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.

Eli Spitzer
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Jan. 3 2022
About Eli

Eli Spitzer is a Mosaic columnist and the headmaster of a hasidic boys’ school in London. He blogs and hosts a podcast at elispitzer.com.

In July 2020, while attention was focused on COVID-19 and the presidential campaign, the American Jewish establishment was mobilizing out of the spotlight to resist an “affront to Zionist ideals” from which they had to “save the Zionist movement.” This threat came not from one of the usual suspects, from Arab nationalism, say, or from left-wing anti-Zionism, but from the Ḥaredim, the bearded and black-hatted representatives of ultra-Orthodox Judaism, whom one of the members of that establishment accused of plotting a “hostile takeover.”

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