In the coming weeks, more than 100 faith-themed clothing stores will open in Israeli cities and towns across the country, including some in major cities.
These new retailers are part of a new movement called “faith-inspired clothing” — which, in a nutshell, refers to the trend in the United States of Christian clothing featuring biblical symbols.
The New York Times has the full story: “For many years, Israel has had a vibrant Christian community, but now the Israeli religious scene is becoming more diverse, including a growing number of people who identify as Jews, Jewish-American or Jewish-Arab.”
The Times also reports that “the number of Christian churches in Israel has doubled since 2011, and more than 80 percent of the country’s churches have been Christian since the beginning of the 20th century.”
Some of these new Christian stores include a clothing line called “Christians of the Wall” by The Gospel Shop in Beit Shemesh, and an upscale Jewish-themed store called The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.