The Future of American Orthodoxy

By Jonathan D. Sarna

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), February 2001

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.

Topic: Orthodox Judaism, Community Development, Leadership, Religious Denominations

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

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Genre: Brief

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Sarna, Jonathan D. The Future of American Orthodoxy. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). February 2001:


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