The Centre for Faith and the Media: A Journalist’s Guide To Judaism
Try to avoid the term ultra-Orthodox to describe very observant Jews, partly because ultra implies extremism. The term also lumps all fervently religious Jews together (there is much diversity among the observant). As well, there is no analogue on the other end of the religious spectrum (there are no ultra-Reform Jews.) The term Chassidic is preferable but sometimes, ultra-Orthodox cannot be avoided.
The New York Times Manual of Style and UsageWhile The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage advises readers/writers that "In applying ultra to a person or a belief, beware of a pejorative suggestion of excess", however, it falls short of dissuading its use in print.
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