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Updated: 2013.09.17

Quakers, Tremblers – Kha•reid•im, anglicized to Haredi(m).

Khareidim anti-Zionists (Umm Al-Fahm 2010)
Kha•reid•im anti-Zionists (Umm Al-Fahm 2010)

Kha•reid•im are Ultra-Orthodox extremist al Jews of European origin; neither as historically nor Biblically authentic as (regular, moderate) – particularly Tei•mân•im – Orthodox Jews!

While the outside world views the odd assortment of often peculiar black hats, black suits, and sidelocks hanging from over the ears of Kha•reid•im as the archetypal "Jew," in fact, the term Kha•reid•im has only relatively recently (not Biblically) been hi-jacked by this relatively small, hodge-podge collection of Ultra-Orthodox fringe extremists – who are morbidly different from Orthodox Jews. Although Kha•reid•im are only a tiny fraction of Israeli or world Jews, their free time, combined with their absolute zombie-like worship of their rabbis, makes them highly active, vocal and visible when orchestrated by their Ultra-Orthodox Kha•reid•im rabbis; generating public awareness (irritation and blowback) of their extremist ways far above the majority of Jews – who are busy at their jobs, working for a living.

Orthodox Jews, in contrast to the Ultra-Orthodox Kha•reid•im fringe extremists, are moderate, and dress normally (though most wear a knitted, not-black, kip•âh) and are known as Orthodox-nationalist or "knitted kip•âh" Israeli Jews.

Kha•reid•im, preferring German-assimilated bastardization of Hebrew (namely, Yiddish) instead of Hebrew, self-righteously proclaim themselves "frūm").

Khareidim throw feces at Orthodox schoolgirls, call them whores in Beit Shemesh, Israel BBC 2011.10.10
Click to enlargeBBC video 2011.10.10 – Ultra-Orthodox Kha•reid•im spit on an eight year old Orthodox elementary schoolgirl, calling her a (whore), a (slut-prostitute) and a or " ("a detestable – goyâh – girl" in Yiddish); according to mother, Hadassah Margolis (dossim.com/ContentPage.aspx?item=352). They also assault an Orthodox rabbi (blue shirt) for being moderate – Beit ShëmꞋ ësh, Israel video

Exactly the opposite of being the archetypal "Jew", the great majority of Jews dismiss the Kha•reid•im as radical, hypocritical and cult-like, fringe religious extremists. Worse, because the Kha•reid•im are so medieval, superstitious, corrupt, abusive (spitting, throwing dirty diapers and even calling "regular Orthodox" little school girls "whores") and hypocritical, their Dark Ages mentality – constructive blasphemy of Tor•âh and -- – combined with a supremely sanctimonious arrogance drives no small number of Jews away from Tor•âh!

Background History

Strictly obedient to their rabbis instruction about voting, the Kha•reid•im turn out a large voting bloc. Consequently, they have been Israel's "king makers," sought by all political candidates for decades. They've been empowered, in return, by a string of secular Israeli governments (for purely political considerations), over the Israeli Rabbinate. As a result, Orthodox standards of Ha•lâkh•âh have become unacceptable to Israel's Kha•reid•i rulers over the Rabbinate and religious courts – a position backed, in large measure, by the secular Supreme Court, extremely reluctant to intervene in religious matters.

Both offices of Chief Rabbi were ordained, not by the Bible (Tor•âh), nor even by the secular Israeli government… but by the Turks (Ottoman Empire) before modern Israel was born! Both Chief Rabbis are currently elected by an electoral college comprising secular government officials and Kha•reid•imnot moderate Orthodox – electors. Consequently, both Chief Rabbis are Kha•reid•im.

Rioting against the Internet
Click to enlargeRioting against the Internet

Unrelated to Christian Quakers, ultra-Orthodox Kha•reid•im Jews are anchored in the Dark and Middle Ages, and dress in 19th-century costume – "costume Jewry". Kha•reid•im are anti-Zionists (anti-Israel) who selectively reject science and logic – forbidding the teaching of science in their schools, and relying, instead, on irrational (illogical) and contra-historical beliefs, more than a few of which directly contradict Tor•âh. While Kha•reid•im attract more than their share of media attention, due to their blind mass obedience to their rabbis' orchestrations for the media, Kha•reid•im / ultra-Orthodox no more represent "real"—Orthodox—Judaism than Quakers represent "real" Catholic or mainstream Christianity.

Mainstream Orthodox Jews can be distinguished from Kha•reid•im by the latter's 19th-century costume. In Israel, mainstream Orthodox Jews are more likely to support of the " (Maph•da"l, acronym for [Miph•lâg•âh Dât•it Lᵊ•um•it; Party Religious National—i.e., National Religious Party / NRP) rather than the other religious political parties. [Update 2014: In recent years, however, this has been taken over by the Kha•reid•im and has now been morphed into just another Ultra-Orthodox Kha•reid•im political party.]

Khareidi riot (2009 Yerushalayim opening parking lot)
Khareidi riot (2009) – Thousands of ultra-Orthodox stage violent protest over municipality's decision to open central parking lot on Shab•ât. Six officers wounded as rioters hurl bottles, rocks and dirty diapers (Ronen Medzini, Ynet)

The recent usage, unrelated to any Biblical Kha•reid•im (e.g., Yᵊsha•yâhu 66:5), refers to the anti-science, logic-rejecting and anti-Zionist ultra-Orthodox of many different traditions. Most Kha•reid•im, at the very least by the tacit endorsement of their silence and inaction, greedily devour the benefits of Israel and contribute the allegedly most corrupt of all Israeli politicians while simultaneously rejecting the validity of the state of Israel and trampling upon the rights of secular Jews they regard as fodder. Even on , they throw rocks at Israeli police, soldiers and cars driven by Jews, they attack fellow Jews and even Kha•reid•im soldiers from their own community for serving in the IDF. Kha•reid•im desecrate memorials to fallen Israeli soldiers, and organize "modesty vigilantes"—who throw feces at women whose sleeves aren't below the elbow, or whose skirts aren't below the knee or whose blouses aren't buttoned to the neck.


Khareidim riot (Beit Shemesh 2011)
About 300 Kha•reid•i (Ultra-Orthodox) men threw stones at police and burned trash cans Monday after the police removed a Kha•reid•i (Ultra-Orthodox) sign calling for the separation of the sexes on city streets, Haaretz reported.

In their desecrations of and their khi•lul --, the term "Kha•reid•im" was coined to describe these fanatics who bear primary responsibility for the estrangement of the 90% of unaffiliated Jews—i.e., the typical ro•i hâ-ë•lil who have alienated 90% of the Jewish community from Tor•âh.

Kha•reid•im have repeatedly and contemptuously labeled the true keepers of Tor•âh (as contrasted with endless ultra-Orthodox fences and details of interpreting ritual)—mainstream Orthodox Jews—as Goy•im.

While ignorantly, superstitiously, and superficially faithful to things from the Dark Ages – sons of darkness – and Talmudic minutiae, Kha•reid•im are remotely distant from true Tor•âh-observance, Dërëkh ha-Sheim, and legitimate Judaism. The Kha•reid•im typify those whom Ribi Yᵊho•shua criticized as "filtering out a gnat and swallowing a camel."

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