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Bnei Brak
Ebreu transcription(s)
 • Ebreu בְּנֵי בְרַק, בְּנֵי בְּרַק

Coat o airms
Bnei Brak is located in Israel
Bnei Brak
Bnei Brak
Coordinates: 32°05′N 34°50′E / 32.083°N 34.833°E / 32.083; 34.833
Destrict Tel Aviv
Foondit 1924
Government
 • Type Ceety
 • Heid o Municipality Rabbi Ya'akov Asher[1]
Area
 • Total 7,088 dunams (7.088 km2 or 2.737 sq mi)
Population (2009)[2]
 • Total 154,400
Location o Bnei Brak athin the Tel Aviv Destrict
Ponevezh yeshiva in Bnei Brak

Bnei Brak (or Bene Beraq) (Ebreu: בְּנֵי בְּרַק‎‎ Aboot this soond (audio) , Bəne Bəraq) is a ceety locatit on Israel's central Mediterranean coastal plain, juist east o Tel Aviv, in the Dan metropolitan region an Tel Aviv Destrict. Bnei Brak is a centre o ultra-orthodox Jewish cultur.

Bnei Brak covers an aurie o 709 hectares. Accordin tae figurs o the Israel Central Bureau o Statistics, at the end o 2009, the population wis 154,400, wi an annual growth rate o 1.7%.[2] Bnei Brak is ane o the puirest an maist densely populatit ceeties in Israel.[3]

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

Bnei Brak takes its name frae the auncient Biblical ceety o Beneberak, which wis locatit 4 kilometres (2 mi) tae the sooth o whaur Bnei Barak wis foondit in 1924.[4]

Bnei Brak wis foondit as an agricultural settlement bi Yitzchok Gerstenkorn an a group o Polish chasidim. Due tae a lack o laund, mony o its foonders turned tae ither occupations, an the veelage began tae develop an urban character. Its first rabbi wis Rabbi Arye Mordechai Rabinowicz, umwhile rabbi o Kurów in Poland. He wis succeedit bi Rabbi Yosef Kalisz, a scion o the Vurker dynasty.

The toun wis set up as a releegious settlement frae the ootset, as is evident frae this description o the pioneers:

Thair sauls war revived bi the fact that thay meritit whit thair predecessors haedna. Whit particularly revived thair weary sauls in the forenuins an toward forenicht, whan thay wad gaither in the beis medrash situatit in a special shack that wis biggit immediately upon the arrival o the gey first settlers, for tefilla betzibbur (communal prayer) three times a day, for the Daf Yomi shiur, an a Gemara shiur an a additional ane in Mishnayos an the Shulchan Oruch.[5]

Bnei Brak wis declared a ceety in 1950.

Rabbi Avrohom Yeshaya Karelitz (the Chazon Ish) settled in Bnei Brak in its early days, attractin a lairge follaein. Rabbi Yaakov Landau, chief rabbi o Bnei Brak atween 1936 an 1986, helped tae mak it an important releegious centre. Ither leadin rabbis that hae bided in Bnei Brak are Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler, Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky ("the Steipler"), Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman (Ponevezher Rov) an Rabbi Elazar Menachem Mann Shach. Notable rabbis that bide in Bnei Brak the day are Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, Rabbi Nissim Karelitz, Rabbi Shmuel Wosner, Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky an Rabbi Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz.

In the early 1950s, the Vizhnitzer Rebbe, Rabbi Chaim Meir Hager, foondit a lairge neeburhuid in Bnei Brak that continues tae serve as a dynastic centre unner his son, Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hager.

Stairtin in the 1960s, the rebbes o the Ruzhin dynasty (Sadigura, Husiatyn, Bohush), who haed umwhile lived in Tel Aviv, moved tae Bnei Brak. In the 1990s thay wur follaed bi the rebbe o Modzhitz. Unlike the umwhile fower Gerrer rebbes, who lived in Jerusalem, the current rebbe (syne 1996) is a Bnei Brak indwaller. The rebbes o Alexander, Biala-Bnei-Brak, Koydanov, Machnovke, Nadvorne, Premishlan, Radzin, Shomer Emunim. Slonim-Schwarze, Strykov, Tchernobil, Trisk-Bnei-Brak an Zutshke bide in Bnei Brak.

Till the 1970s, the Bnei Brak municipality wis heidit bi Releegious Zionist mayors. Efter Mayor Gottlieb o the Naitional Releegious Pairty wis defeatit, Haredi pairties grew in status an influence; syne than thay hae govrened the ceety. As the Haredi population grew, the demand for public releegious observance increased an mair indwallers requestit the closure o thair neighbourhuids tae vehicular traffic on Shabbat. Whan thay demandit the closure o a main street (HaShomer St., nou Kahaneman St.), the nan-releegious residents protestit but the toun's releegious indwallers wan the battle. Syne than, thair influence in the ceety continuously grew.

In a short period o time maist o Bnei Brak's secular an Releegious Zionist residents migratit elsewhaur, an the ceety haes become amaist homogeneously Haredi. The ceety haes ane secular neighbourhuid, Pardes Katz.[6] Names o streets wi a Zionist connotation war renamed for prominent Haredi figurs, for ensaumple, Herzl St. wis chynged tae HaRav Shach St. Bnei Brak is ane o the twa puirest ceeties in Israel.

Rabbi Moshe Yehuda Leib Landau is a respectit authority on Jewish law an kashrut superveesion. Rabbi Moshe Landau teuk office efter the daith o his faither, Chief Rabbi Yaakov Landau in 1986. The Landau family is somewhat affiliated with Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidism. The "Rav Landau" hechsher (kosher supervision) is widely acceptit as ane o the best in Israel, relied on bi amaist aw releegious Jews in Israel. Rabbi Nissim Karelitz is Chief Rabbi (av beis din) o the Lithuanian Haredi population o the ceety. He leads a beth din that includes baith Lithuanian Haredi an Hasidic dayanim, cried She'aris Yisroel, which is an aa a hechsher (kosher superveesion).

Bnei Brak is hame tae Israel's first women-anerlie depairtment store.[7]

Bnei Brak is notit for its abundance o sel-help an volunteer organizations. Several organisations help the ill, special needs population, an the puir. Thare are an aa available abudant airticles tae be borraed free o chairge, frae extra baby beds, electric drills, pent rollers, tae bridal claes.

At the instigation o the Chazon Ish, the Bnei Brak municipality set up an alternative watter supply, for uiss on Shabbat an Yom tov. This supply, that disna require intervention bi Jews on days o rest, evytes the problems associatit wi Jews wirkin on the day o rest at the naitional watter company Mekorot.

Demographics[eedit | eedit soorce]

Ari-Ashlag Synagogue

Accordin tae figurs bi the municipality o Bnei Brak,[8] the ceety haes a population o ower 165,000 residents, the majority o whom are Haredi Jews.[9] It an aa haes the lairgest population density o ony ceety in Israel, wi 23,375 indwallers per square kilometre (60,541/sq mi). In the 2006 Israeli legislative elections, 89% o the voters chose Haredi pairties, an anither 7% votit for ither releegious pairties. While the ceety disna hae a offeecial 'releegious' status, the migration an development o the population haes led tae twa distinct sections: The northren pairt o the ceety as well as the extremities hae a significant nan-releegious minority population while the core o the ceety is amaist entirely releegious. While this releegious population uised tae be mainly Releegious Zionist, it is nou amaist exclusively Haredi.

Mayors o Bnei Brak[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Yitzchok Gerstenkorn
  • Moshe Begno
  • Reuven Aharonovich
  • Shimon Soroka
  • Yitzchok Meir
  • Shmuel Weinberg
  • Moshe Irenstein
  • Yerachmiel Boyer
  • Mordechai Karelitz
  • Yissochor Frankenthal
  • Ya'akov Asher

Economy[eedit | eedit soorce]

File:CocaColaPlantBnaiBrak.JPG
Coca-Cola plant in Bnei Brak. The wirds "Coca-Cola" are seen in Ebreu on the sign

Ane o the laundmerks o Bnei Brak is the Coca-Cola bottlin plant in Kahaneman St. It is awned bi the Central Bottling Company (CBC), that haes haud the Israeli franchise for Coca-Cola products syne 1968. It is amang Coca-Cola's ten lairgest single-plant bottlin facilities warldwide. Accordin tae Dun's 100, "CBC's dedication tae excellence an innovative technologies in aw auries o its operations haes wan it prizes frae the US-based Coca-Cola Company, as well as recognition an accolades frae various public institutions for its environmental-friendly operation an ongoin community service".[10]

Twa major factories that dominatit the centre o Bnei Brak for mony years war the Dubek cigarette factory an the Osem fuid factory. As the toun grew they foond thaimsels in the middle o a residential aurie; baith left the aurie. Osem's main factory is nou locatit on Jabotinsky Road in Petah Tikva, juist aneist tae Bnei Brak.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "No walk in the park in Bnei Brak – yet – Haaretz – Israel News". Haaretz. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Table 3 - Population of Localities Numbering Above 2,000 Residents and Other Rural Population". Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  3. No walk in the park in Bnei Brak
  4. Cancik, Hubert, Peter Schäfer and Hermann Lichtenberger (1996), Geschichte-Tradition-Reflexion: Festschrift Für Martin Hengel Zum 70. Geburtstag. Mohr Siebeck. ISBN 3161466756. p. 484.
  5. "Bnei Brak at 75: City of Torah and Chassidus". Dei'ah VeDibur. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  6. "Bnei Brak". Israel Meenistry o Tourism. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  7. Hawley, Caroline (2006-04-20). "Israeli Shop Opens Only to Women". BBC News. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  8. "Home Page". Bnei Brak Municipality. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  9. Rosenblum, Jonathan. "L'chaim in B'nai Brak". Torah.org. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  10. "Dun's 100 - The Central Bottling Company Group profile". Duns100.dundb.co.il. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 

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Coordinates: 32°05′N 34°50′E / 32.083°N 34.833°E / 32.083; 34.833