Haredi men hold on to their hats on a windy day in Jerusalem.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Cowboys! In the small Western Canadian community where I was born and raised, this was the denigrating name given to the ultra-Orthodox shlichim (emissaries) who often came to ask for money. The image was based on the wide-brimmed black hats they often wore and still wear today and has morphed into today’s “black hats.” Not much has changed in more than 50 years. The Haredim (ultra-Orthodox) are still widely scorned and shunned by secular Jews in Israel and abroad, and their closed lifestyles and rigid values are also widely misunderstood.