Orthodox prayer for dating
Earlier that afternoon, I had been sitting on Clapton Common, a small park adjacent to a busy main road.
In the face of this drift from tradition, the Haredi regarded themselves as the last redoubt of orthodoxy, taking sustenance from their rigid observance of the halacha - the body of ethical and ritual injunctions governing Jewish life.Appalled at what they regarded as the laxity of the local synagogue, they established their own on the other side of the river.They built Britain’s first yeshiva (an institution for Torah and Talmudic study), a women’s seminary, and a kollel - a centre of rabbinical studies for married men.'They conduct themselves like madmen,’ railed a denunciation by the rabbinical authorities of the day, 'and explain their behaviour by saying that in their thoughts they soar in the most far-off worlds.When they pray..raise such a din that the walls quake.’ But on the streets of Stamford Hill they looked as solemn as undertakers, hurrying purposefully along, their gazes fixed firmly ahead, a world apart from from the idlers outside the betting shop, the hoodies loitering on the green.With all of the great centres of Orthodox Jewish scholarship in Europe having been destroyed during the Holocaust, Gateshead became the largest such centre outside the United States and Israel.
It remains the principal centre of learning for the Haredi in Britain.
He was dressed in a white shirt, the tzitzit, or ritual tassels - a reminder of God’s commandments - dangling over his black trousers.
'People in this community have lots of children, and they’re always busy. They’re going to the synagogue, going to study, to work, to see their family, back to the synagogue, social events in the evening.
There are now estimated to be around 1.3m Haredi worldwide, and according to a 2007 study by Dr Yaakov Wise at the University of Manchester, strictly-orthodox Jewry in Europe is expanding more rapidly than at any time since before the Second World War.
In Britain - home to the largest Haredi community in Europe - almost three out of every four Jewish births are in the Haredi community.
I say to them, in the morning after you go to pray, go out for a brisk walk...’ He laughed.