Modern Orthodoxy and the Challenges to Its Establishment: An interview with Marc B. Shapiro

By Manfred Gerstenfeld, Marc B. Shapiro

American Jewish Committee (AJC), Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), 2010

American Modern Orthodoxy consists of at least two rather distinct types, an intellectual and a sociological one. Intellectual Modern Orthodoxy has an ideology of joining the best of Western civilization with a commitment to Jewish law and traditional Jewish values. Sociological Modern Orthodoxy numbers many more people and is mainly a lifestyle choice. It is a commitment to Jewish law combined with the better things in life. The widespread notion that Modern Orthodoxy is declining or will be defeated by the ultra-Orthodox is inaccurate. Modern Orthodoxy keeps most of their young in their camp, even if there are many challenges to it from both the Left and the Right. Modern Orthodoxy could even grow among the non-Orthodox, if solutions could be found for the financial commitments it requires mainly for education. Some of the major achievements of the Modern Orthodox movement are in education. It has become almost standard that after high school, pupils go to Israel for a year or two. The typical young Modern Orthodox Jew today knows much more than his parents and far more than his grandparents. Modern Orthodoxy is presently undergoing a potentially more exciting phase than it was fifteen or twenty years ago. The main catalyst for this development is the Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, which is presenting a more liberal perspective of Modern Orthodoxy. It will increasingly challenge Yeshiva University in terms of training Orthodox rabbis.

Topic: Halakha, Jewish Law, Modern Orthodox Judaism, Orthodox Judaism, Higher Education, Clergy

Name of Publication: American Jewry's Comfort Level: Present and Future

Editor: Bayme, Steven , Gerstenfeld, Manfred

Page Number(s): 237-246

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Genre: Interview

Coverage: United States

Identifier: ISBN: 978-965-218-086-5

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) and Manfred Gerstenfeld

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Gerstenfeld, Manfred. Shapiro, Marc B. Modern Orthodoxy and the Challenges to Its Establishment: An interview with Marc B. Shapiro. American Jewry's Comfort Level: Present and Future. American Jewish Committee (AJC),Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 2010: 237-246.


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