Between Outreach and "Inreach": Redrawing The Lines of the American Orthodox Rabbinate

By Adam S. Ferziger

Oxford University Press, October 2005

Today's Orthodoxy may be broken into two broad groups: modern Orthodox and right-wing Orthodox (which includes "yeshivish" or "haredi" Jews). While previous decades saw modern Orthodoxy actively engaged with secular America and right-wing Orthodoxy significantly isolated from the surrounding environment, the last decade has witnessed a redrawing of the lines between the rabbinical leadership of these groups. To an increasing extent, it is the graduates of "yeshivish" institutions that are being trained to strengthen the Jewish identity of the broader Jewish community while modern Orthodox institutions have to a great degree relinquished this role and concentrate instead on producing rabbis who can inspire their own committed congregants. The author examines the history of Orthodox rabbinical ordination and compares this history with a case study of five Orthodox rabbinical training institutions to demonstrate how these trends within Orthodoxy have changed over the past fifty years.

Topic: Orthodox Judaism, Acculturation, Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Judaism, Training, Outreach, Clergy

Name of Publication: Modern Judaism

Volume/Issue: Vol. 25/No. 3

Page Number(s): 237-263

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Genre: Scholarly Journal

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Ferziger, Adam S. Between Outreach and "Inreach": Redrawing The Lines of the American Orthodox Rabbinate. Modern Judaism. Oxford University Press. October 2005: 237-263. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4802


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