New Conditions and Models of Authority: Changing Patterns Within Contemporary Orthodoxy

By Steven Bayme

Yeshiva University Press, 2006

This article, written by an American Jewish Committee staff member who identifies as a modern orthodox Jew, focuses on the tug-of-war between individual conscience and communal (rabbinic) authority in the Modern Orthodox community. The author also deals with challenges to rabbinic authority from the Jewish intellectual elite and from the "organized" and "vocal" women's movement, among other groups. Bayme, in writing about the current trend, focuses on a dichotomy in the community, wherein some call for greater authority given to gedolim, whereas others call for lessening their authority over the Jewish community. The author additionally delves into the impact of the "year in Israel" on the community and ends by offering a few brief recommendations for American Jewish communal policy, which include abandoning the pretense that Orthodoxy will survive by virtue of its isolation, and a call to engage the general Jewish community rather than retreat from it.

Topic: Non-Professional Leadership, Orthodox Judaism, Lay Leadership, Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Judaism, Authority, Women, Students

Name of Publication: Rabbinic and Lay Communal Authority

Editor: Last-Stone, Suzanne

Page Number(s): 113-128

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Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Bayme, Steven. New Conditions and Models of Authority: Changing Patterns Within Contemporary Orthodoxy. Rabbinic and Lay Communal Authority. Yeshiva University Press. 2006: 113-128.


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