According to National Insurance Institute data, which measures the poverty according to per capita income, 52.6% of the chareidim are below the poverty line, compared with almost the same number in the Arab sector, and only 9% of the non-chareidi Jewish public. A new study by Nitsa (Kaliner) Kasir the chareidi Institute for Policy Studies, published in Al-Monitor, shows that no less than 71% of chareidim are satisfied with their economic situation, compared to less than two-thirds of non-chareidi Jews and 53% of Israeli Arabs.

 Nitsa (Kaliner) Kasir, who served for nearly 30 years as a senior researcher at the Bank of Israel, told Al-Monitor that this paradox has several explanations. The most prominent of these is that the real poverty rate in chareidi society ranges from 8% to 14%. This number is achieved, inter alia, in a measurement adapted to the chareidi lifestyle, i.e., without products or services that the chareidim do not use or otherwise use, such as communications and transportation. According to her, because of its character, chareidi society is an almost a closed economic entity, enabling it to provide for their needs despite their low income. One of Kasir’s research measures examined the income level of the ultra-Orthodox family relative to average income in the chareidi sector alone, and not to the entire Israeli population.

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The Yeshiva World: Israel: Over 50 Percent Of Chareidim Are Below The Poverty Line (11.1.2019)

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