Laurent Perpigna Iban
The neighbourhood of Mea She’arim, built in 1874, is near the Old City of Jerusalem (it is named after its “100 gates”). Today its narrow streets are a stronghold for the Haredim, ultra-Orthodox Jews, whose name means “God-fearing” in Hebrew. Men wear long black coats, their hair styled in side curls known as “peiyes”: women wear long skirts. Alarmed by the modern world, the Haredim refuse assimilation, sticking to halakha, traditional Jewish law: the neighbourhood can seem inhospitable to outsiders.