Modern Orthodoxy in Israel

By Charles S. Liebman

American Jewish Congress, Fall 1998

The author discusses two manifestations of modern Orthodoxy: what can be summed up as "Orthodoxy of convenience" and that of "ideological persuasion." The former is characterized by those who conduct a substantial amount of their lives in a like manner to those of similar age, occupation, education and social standing by ignoring the aspects of halakha they find onerous. The latter, which the author argues is significantly more threatening to the religious elite, involves a struggle to reconcile Jewish law (halakha) and the values of contemporary Western culture through reinterpreting Jewish tradition while also maintaining rigorous adherence to halakha. He discusses the social basis for why he believes this type of modern Orthodoxy has emerged in Israel, rather than the US, and how it may impact the modern Orthodox community.

Topic: Halakha, Jewish Law, Modern Orthodox Judaism, Diaspora, Orthodox Judaism, Jewish Text, Ideology, Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Judaism, Demography

Name of Publication: Judaism: A Journal of Jewish Life & Thought

Volume/Issue: Vol. 47

Page Number(s): 405-410

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Genre: Scholarly Journal

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Liebman, Charles S. Modern Orthodoxy in Israel. Judaism: A Journal of Jewish Life & Thought. American Jewish Congress. Fall 1998: 405-410.


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