Sometimes the community has been characterized as "Traditional Orthodox", in contradistinction to the Modern Orthodox, the other major branch of Orthodox Judaism (not to be confused with the movement represented by Union for Traditional Judaism, which is even more "modern" than the Modern Orthodox). Indeed, adherents see its beliefs as part of an unbroken tradition dating from the revelation at Sinai.
For centuries, before Jewish emancipation, European Jews were forced to live in ghettos where Jewish culture and religious observance were preserved.
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The term "ultra-Orthodox", however, is considered pejorative by many of its adherents.
Haredi Judaism coalesced in response to the sweeping changes brought upon the Jews in the modern era: emancipation, enlightenment, the Haskalah movement derived from enlightenment, acculturation, secularization, religious reform in all its forms from mild to extreme, the rise of the Jewish national movements, etc.
In 1939, there were 17 million Jews in the world, and by 1945 only 11 million.
While in the 13 years following the Holocaust the Jewish population grew by one million, it took another 38 years for it to grow another million.
Gabriel is the Orthodox counterpart to the Catholic Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth.
According to Orthodox tradition, the Virgin Mary first received the news from Gabriel that she would bear the Savior while she was out fetching water. Gabriel is therefore located over the spring that fed Mary's Well, the traditional place where Mary fetched water for her household.
; also spelled Charedi, plural Charedim) is a broad spectrum of groups within Orthodox Judaism, all characterized by a rejection of modern secular culture.
Its members are often referred to as strictly Orthodox or ultra-Orthodox in English.
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