hardal

Alternative Spellings

chardal

Definitions

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

Example Sentences

  • Shmuel is strictly observant, 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'" (https://www.yeshiva.co/ask/1914).
  • "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" (https://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/shiloh-musings/seeing-the-idf-as-hand-of-g-d-religiosityjudaism-growing-in-israel%e2%80%8f/2014/08/12/).

Languages of Origin

Modern Hebrew

Etymology

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

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

Regions

North America, Israel

Dictionaries

None

Notes

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

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