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The Haredization of American Orthodox Jewry

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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

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

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

Type: Report

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.