From the parliament to the market: political consumerism and the fight for Sabbath

Omri Shamir, Guy Ben-Porat

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The Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) community is one of the poorest sectors in Israel but because of the large families in the community, often more than eight children, the sector is an important target for food and other retail companies. Retailers’ efforts to reach the Haredi communities included special chain stores with strict levels of Kashrut (Jewish dietary laws), low cost products, large packages for big families and dress codes of store staff that promise a comfortable, modest atmosphere for the religious consumers. The competition between retailers over the Haredi market, however, has given the community new power it could use either for economic bargaining or for the enforcement of religious rules. Thus, retailers have at times to maintain strict religious rules not only vis-à-vis the Haredi sector but also in other operations in Israel.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReligion, Consumerism and Sustainability
Subtitle of host publicationParadise Lost?
EditorsLyn Thomas
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)9780230306134
ISBN (Print)9780230576674, 9781349366590
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • Judaism and culture
  • Consumption (Economics)
  • Ethics, Jewish
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews
  • Boycott
  • Sabbath (Jewish law)
  • Judaism and politics
  • Socio-economic conditions
  • Politics and government
  • Israel


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