Publication Date: February 2001
Publisher: JFL Media
Author(s): Jonathan D. Sarna
Research Area: Culture and religion
Keywords: Orthodox Judaism; Community Development; Religious Denominations; Leadership
Coverage: United States
Despite the recent triumphalism expressed in some circles of American Orthodox Judaism, the author contends that several challenges must be addressed by Orthodoxy if it is to continue to flourish. Among the issues the author discusses: that Orthodoxy has difficulty retaining its members; a leadership crisis in American Orthodoxy; a "brain drain" in which the most promising thinkers make aliyah (move to Israel); controversies about how to approach modernity; challenges from contemporary feminism; and a rash of ugly scandals.