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Why We’re All Infatuated With Shtisel

A simple family story set in a secluded Jerusalem neighborhood has become a worldwide sensation

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It’s a show about family life in the cloistered Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) community in the Geula neighborhood of Jerusalem called Shtisel (pronounced shteezel), the main character’s family name. The series has no nudity, sex, violence or car chases, and yet has gained a huge international following. What makes this Israeli-produced television program about the Haredi community so popular? First aired in 2013 on Israel’s Yes television network, the show gave Israel’s majority secular population an unprecedented look into the behind-the-scenes family drama of the nation’s insular ultra-Orthodox Jewish world. What is perhaps even more interesting is that Haredi communities, where it…

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