How Does The Ultra-orthodox Compare To The Movement In Christianity?


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The term Ultra Orthodox refers to a group within the Jewish religion, who practice a set of beliefs different from other Jewish believers. This set of beliefs is called Haredi or Charedi Judaism, a theologically conservative set of beliefs within Judaism. Those within the Ultra Orthodox group consider this term to be demeaning. They call themselves Charedi, which means (fear, or one who trembles in the presence of God.) The Haredi or Charedi Jews consider themselves to be Orthodox Jews. An Orthodox Jew believes their religion began with Moses when he was given the Torah on Mount Sinai. Non-Orthodox Jews question the belief of Divine revelation of the Written and Oral Torah.

Orthodox Jews believe the Torah is the Written Law, the Tanach, which means Jewish Holy Book. They also believe in the Oral Law called Torah she-ba-ba'al peh and it was past on through the religious leaders within each generation. This is the interpretation of the Torah an authoritiative reading of their Written Law. The Torah is considered to be a set of religious laws, or instructions from God, meant to direct their moral, religious, and personal journey to perfection. These laws are to guide their every moment from the time they awake until the time they sleep.

The Haredim (Ultra Orthodox) Jews down through centuries have a stricter interpretation of the Written and Oral Law. Down through the centuries new practices and rulings have entered into their belief system. Their belief system has become more strigent, as new questions arise in the modern world. The laws and rulings effecting beliefs and behaviors is dependent upon the decision of the Orthodox Rabbi or posek, who is the rabinical authority.

The Haredim is a very family centered belief system; children are schooled in the belief system from early age. Education continues for boys and young men for many years. Public schools, colleges and universities are to be avoided. The Haridim run their own schools. Marriages are pre-arranged and young married men must continue their education in the Haredim system. The dress among Haredim must be respresentative of inner reflection and spiritual growth. Modern fashion is unacceptable, therefore clothes are plain and resemble those of their Europeanancestors: black suits, beards, wide-brimmed hats for men and boys. Women must abide by the strictest modesty standards: long dresses, high neck, long sleeves and scarf or other head covering.

Today they cannot watch television or films, read secular newspapers, and the internet can only be used for business. They believe mobile phones should be programmed to disable internet and any other device, which could have negative influence. Cell phones have very limited usage and Israel companies sell the phones with limited capabilites for the Haredim.

In contrast to Christianity these group is very strict in their belief system. Within Christianity many people, live a very strict life spiritually and others do not. The basic belief within Christianity is the belief in Jesus as the Son of God. They believe He came, suffered, died and rose from the dead to save all from the effects of sin. They believe Jesus came with a message of love and the Christian religion is based on love. Christians believe God is a God of Love. The Ultra Orthodox Jews, Haredim do not believe in Jesus and their belief system is based upon fear of God.

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