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

By Samuel Heilman

Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), Spring 2008

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).

Topic: Culture, Orthodox Judaism, Scholarship, Values, Academic Research

Name of Publication: AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies

Volume/Issue: Spring 2008

Page Number(s): 16-18

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Heilman, Samuel. Thoughts on the Study of the Orthodox Community: After Thirty-Five Years. AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies. Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Spring 2008: 16-18. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2663


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