‘Pashkevilim’ offer glimpse into haredi struggle

06.10.2011                      09.Cheschwan. 5772

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‘Pashkevilim’ offer glimpse into haredi struggle

Over 10,000 black-and-white announcements collected by activist featured at ‘Zionist’ National Library despite ultra-Orthodox ban.

In the capital’s insular ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, haredi residents glean much of their community news from posters covering the stone walls, plastered onto seemingly every available surface. These stark black-and-white announcements, called pashkevilim, expound on everything from the dangers of technology to the proper (i.e. modest) attire to the latest boycotts to classes given by famous rabbis.
Sprinkled with references to Talmudic sources and the great sages, these announcements provide a glimpse into the closed world of the most stringent ultra-Orthodox, including conflicts between rabbinic rulings and fears that ever-encroaching technology will ruin their way of life….