Studying social work

Dilemmas and difficulties of Ultra-Orthodox women

Authored by: Nehami Baum

The Routledge Handbook of Religion, Spirituality and Social Work

Print publication date:  March  2017
Online publication date:  April  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138931220
eBook ISBN: 9781315679853
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315679853.ch8

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Abstract

Ultra-Orthodox Jews, termed Haredim in Hebrew, are fundamentalist Jews committed to particularly strict interpretation of Jewish religious law. Concentrated in large cities in the United States and Europe, they comprise a small but unknown percentage of the Jewish people worldwide. However, in Israel, where they are found in several locations, it is estimated they comprise approximately 15–17 per cent of the Jewish population (Central Bureau of Statistics 2006).

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