The Haredization of American Orthodox Jewry
Publication Date: January 1998
Publisher(s): Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Author(s): Chaim I. Waxman
Series: The Jerusalem Letter, no.376, February 15 1998.
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Demography; Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Judaism; Orthodox Judaism; Jewish Law (Halacha)
Coverage: United States
The author discusses the much-noted shift to the right amongst American Orthodox Jewry. He explores differences between Modern Orthodoxy and Haredi Orthodoxy, discusses demographic trends among the two groups, explains Haredi Orthodoxy's insistence on stringency, attitude towards modernity, and insistence that generations decline in merit as time proceeds. He discusses the impact of yeshiva education upon the Orthodox world. The author places Orthodoxy's "Haredization" in context of a larger societal trend towards religious stringency.