Category Archives: Modern Orthodoxy

The Future of American Orthodoxy

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February 1, 2001

Jonathan D. Sarna In the struggle for the soul of American Jewry, the Orthodox model has triumphed,” Samuel G. Freedman announced in his widely discussed volume titled Jew vs. Jew. Freedman, himself raised as a secularist, is far from alone in his analysis. In the thirty-five years that have passed since Charles Liebman, writing in More »

Orthodoxy, Modernity, and the Future

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February 1, 2001

Norma Baumel Joseph Surely Jonathan Sarna is correct: prophesy — whether of the triumphalist or doomsday variety — is a risky business when linked to Jewish survival. Professor Sarna is also correct in locating some of the problems that face a potent Orthodoxy: the absence of leadership, of a strategic center, and of a consensus More »

The Ideology of Modern Orthodoxy

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February 1, 2001

Saul J. Berman The entire Orthodox community is still deeply engaged in the struggle to determine how a traditional religion – with its distinctive theology, values, laws, and culture – can preserve its identity and even thrive in the midst of a modernity whose science and values, whose secularization and democratization seem so clearly antagonistic More »

Educating for Modern Orthodoxy

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February 1, 2001

Sally R. Mayer Rabbi Saul Berman speaks eloquently of the “Modern Orthodox experiment” taking a dif-ficult path, one that requires a constant balance of Jewish values with the integration of the good that the world has to offer. Indeed, as Modern Orthodoxy embraces the world, it necessarily opens itself up as well to certain challenges. More »

Modern Orthodox Challenges: Resurrecting ‘Aql vs. Naql?

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February 1, 2001

Asher Lopatin Jews in the 21st century face the challenge as never before to make our religion relevant to our lives. But for Modern Orthodox Jews, the challenge can be even more serious. Will the rich heritage that we received and that we observe enable us to be at the forefront of creatively applying Judaism More »