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Sounds of Modern Orthodoxy: The Language of Talmud Study

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Publication Date: January 1981

Publisher(s): Mouton Publishers

Author(s): Samuel C. Heilman

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: American Jews; Religious denominations; Language

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This paper examines the language of those who share the religious, cultural, and personal outlook of modern American Orthodox Judaism. Since they ease their alternation by compartmentalizations and reinterpretations or conceptual compromises, one would accordingly expect their language use to echo and avert this movement. The paper aims to demonstrate that indeed such is the case, to elucidate the process, and, in so doing, to shed further light upon the character of American modern Orthodoxy.