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Historicizing Orthodoxy

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Publication Date: January 2008

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

Author(s): Jay Berkovitz; Jay Berkovitz

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (History)

Keywords: Orthodox Judaism; History; Religious Denominations; Religion

Coverage: United States United States


The author discusses evidence challenging the Orthodox Jewish self-perception of Orthodoxy as being of solid doctrinal continuity with historical rabbinic Judaism, and also challenging the academic argument that Orthodoxy's combative posture toward modern social and relgious trends of the ninetheenth century was unique and innovative. Rather, the author offers exampes to demonstrate that Orthodoxy has included a large spectrum of practices and ideologies.


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