Thoughts on the Study of the Orthodox Community: After Thirty-Five Years
Publication Date: January 2008
Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Spring 2008, pp.16-18.
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Orthodox Judaism; Culture; Academic Research; Values
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).