• adj., n. Referring to an individual, institution, or practice associated with strictly Orthodox (non-Modern) Jews.

Example Sentences

  • "Starting with a handful of young women, the Haredi College now has more than a thousand students, men and women, with 96% of graduates securing employment." (source)

  • "Many Haredim in Israel live in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea She'arim."

  • "A chareidi is someone who doesn’t look for halachic “tax loopholes” to get around the system." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Modern Hebrew


  • חרדי Haredi - one who trembles (in fear of God).

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      Heredi, Hareidi, Charedi, Kharedi, Chareidi, Hareidi


  • Pronounced kha-RAY-dee or kha-reh-DEE. Plural noun form: Haredim - חרדים. This term has become more common in Jewish English since the 1980s, influenced by English-speaking Jews' ties to Israeli discourse, where the word is common. The term "Haredi" is seen as a good alternative to the term "Ultra-Orthodox," which many group members consider derogatory.

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