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“Shababnikim” was far less well-received among many Haredi commentators, who dismissed the dapper-dressed and consumer-obsessed personas of the young Yeshiva boys as “fringe.”In a Facebook post, Malka said he wasn’t claiming to imitate real life and called some criticisms “petty,” like the one about how a character’s socks were too colorful.“Those who would like to see the real and average life, take bus line 33 to Hapisga Road [a street in a Jerusalem Haredi neighborhood] and turn around,” he wrote.Still, like any cultural phenomena, the impact of these TV shows is felt in different and unexpected ways.One attendee, wearing skinny jeans and Converse sneakers, breaks the collective yawn by quoting a New Yorker cartoon, republished in the Israeli newspaper , to convey how Israelis feel about the American debate over gay marriage: “Gays and lesbians getting married — haven’t they suffered enough?” But down two flights of stairs, past a photo exhibition of Israeli drag queens and a poster for a Hebrew version of “Angels in America,” a much livelier conversation is taking place in the Center’s bar.Eliran Malka, the director of “Shababnikim,” grew up in a Haredi community.He's since left and studied film at one of Israel's premier schools, Ma’aleh, in Jerusalem.Now, he aims "to bridge the gap" and "to make the Yeshiva world accessible," he told Mako, an Israeli news site.
“People [who've left their community] have studied film and now they are working to create something more authentic …
Weiss also attributed the trend to what she called the "The Fauda effect” — Israeli producers are looking to make a show that will become a hit in America the way the popular Israeli TV show “Fauda” did. As is common in Haredi communities, Yarom, the journalist with Hamishpacha, does not own a TV — but like some Haredim, she does use the Internet.
(For the Haredim who do use the internet, there’s a “kosher internet” option that blocks sites deemed inappropriate.) She watched clips from “Shtisel” online after people kept asking her about the show’s content.
formed from within and about the community," said Tamar El Or, a professor of anthropology at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, citing “Shababnikim's” Malka as one example.
Like the US, Israel's TV economics are also changing.