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Modern Orthodoxy in America: Possibilities for a Movement under Siege

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Publication Date: June 1998

Publisher(s): Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Author(s): William Helmreich; Reuel Shinnar

Series: Jerusalem Viewpoints, no.383

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Jewish Law (Halacha); Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Judaism; Religious Denominations; Orthodox Judaism

Type: Other

Coverage: United States


The author argues that the popular belief that Modern Orthodoxy is on the verge of extinction is an exaggeration. Rather, he contends, Modern Orthodoxy has prospects for success, if effective leadership responds to the challenge. The author defines Modern Orthodoxy, discusses the history of its eclipse and the rise of right-wing Orthodoxy, and makes recommendations for how Modern Orthodoxy can survive.