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Thoughts on the Study of the Orthodox Community: After Thirty-Five Years

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Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher(s): Association for Jewish Studies; Association for Jewish Studies

Author(s): Samuel Heilman; Samuel Heilman

Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Spring 2008, pp.16-18.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Orthodox Judaism; Culture; Academic Research; Values

Type: Report

Coverage: United States United States


The author, a prominent scholar of Orthodox Jewry, discusses recent trends in the Orthodox world that have taken place during his 35-year career in the field. He discusses the "slide to the right" in Orthodoxy which has seen traditionalist Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Judaism resurgent and growing in numbers and vitality, while Modern Orthodoxy (representing a dynamic synthesis of Jewish tradition and contemporary culture) has seemed to stagnate. But, the author notes, recent years have brought some signs of a possible resurgence of Modern Orthodoxy, including the "Open Orthodox" approach of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, and the efforts of JOFA (The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance).