Blue and white - and black

The ultra-Orthodox are ready for their close-up.

February 21, 2018 19:42
‘SHABABNIKIM’ is a lively comedy that follows three rebellious yeshiva students and one very serious

‘SHABABNIKIM’ is a lively comedy that follows three rebellious yeshiva students and one very serious one as they go about their business, which includes many pranks and stunts. (photo credit: OHAD ROMANO)


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Although many haredim (ultra-Orthodox Jews) don’t go to the movies on principle, they are now a force to be reckoned with on screen.

A recent spate of television shows and movies has put haredi characters front and center. The tag line for Shababnikim, one of the new haredi television shows, is “Black is the new black,” and that could be the slogan for this trend in Israeli entertainment. Although the truth is that while they may favor black clothes, the stories of the haredim, as they are portrayed on screen, are anything but black and white.


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