hardal (char-DAHL) listen


  • n. A label for Israeli Jews who lean towards Haredi (non-modern, strictly Orthodox) and also very nationalistic / Zionist.

Example Sentences

  • Shmuel is hardal, and he is also a big supporter of the IDF.

  • "Mercaz Harav has been described as currently being at the far right of the Dati Le'umi Hashkafa - what many would regard as 'Chardal'" (source).

  • "Being religious, in the American concept of MO Modern Orthodox, or even in the more religious Israeli “Chardal,” which is an even more observant life-style is no longer marginalized and hidden away" (source).

Languages of Origin

  • Modern Hebrew


  • Hebrew חרד״ל acronym of חרדי 'charedi,' non-modern strict Orthodox + דתי לאומי 'dati le'umi,' national religious.

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there


      • North America
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • None

      Alternative Spellings



  • The acronym is a homophone for the Modern Hebrew word for mustard.

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