Rupture and Reconstruction: The Transformation of Contemporary Orthodoxy

By Haym Soloveitchik

Brandeis University Press, 1999

The author asserts that contemporary Orthodox Jewish religion and practice has undergone a major and profound change in nature during his lifetime. Where observance of Jewish law was once organic and transmitted through family tradition as much as by text and rabbinic literature, it has now become disconnected from family practice and connected only to the written word, the author explains. He explores the contours, sources and implications of this shift as pertains to Jewish (especially Orthodox Jewish) culture, philosophy, spirituality, education and relationship to the surrounding world.

Topic: Halakha, Ritual, Jewish Law, Orthodox Judaism, Modernity

Name of Publication: Jews in America: A Contemporary Reader

Editor: Farber, Roberta Rosenberg , Waxman, Chaim I.

Page Number(s): 320-376

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Genre: Book Chapter

Language: English

Copyright Holder: University Press of New England, Lebanon, NH.

Copyright Information: Reprinted with permission.

Bibliographic Information:
Soloveitchik, Haym. Rupture and Reconstruction: The Transformation of Contemporary Orthodoxy. Jews in America: A Contemporary Reader. Brandeis University Press. 1999: 320-376.


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