Modern Orthodox

Can Modern Orthodoxy Be The New Center?

A repositioned movement can be critical to the future of American Jewry, a leader argues.

05/04/2016 - 09:12
Special To The Jewish Week

The Pew Report on American Jewry has left the widespread impression that the liberal religious denominations are in trouble while Orthodox Judaism is thriving. Upon analysis, however, the Orthodox picture is more complicated. The charedi, or ultra wing of Orthodoxy, has surged in the past half-century while Modern Orthodoxy has had a near-death experience. Today there is a revival of the progressive wing of Orthodoxy but it is under fire from traditionalists. I believe the entire Jewish community has a major stake in the outcome and should get involved to assure a positive result.

Greenberg: New organization will be test of staying power.

Like Talking To (Or About) A Wall

04/28/2016 - 11:00
Special To The Jewish Week

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,” Robert Frost once wrote. Of this I am sure these days. For months the idea of walls and the radical act of separation they represent has loomed large in our psyche, as Americans and as Jews. From hypothetical walls against Mexicans (to be paid for by Mexico), to actual new barriers on the streets of Jerusalem, to the Kotel — that greatest of all remaining Jewish walls — this apt symbol for our times seems to recur constantly. Even though we live in an era once imagined as wall-free after the falling of the famous example in Berlin, walls appear to be closing in all around us.

Rabbi Aaron Panken

Giving Voice To Inclusive Orthodoxy

New grassroots group seeks to revive and expand ideals of Edah, which folded a decade ago.

03/09/2016 - 08:50
Editor and Publisher

Ten years ago, when Edah, an organization devoted to the ideology and values of Modern Orthodoxy, closed its doors, founding director Rabbi Saul Berman said it had largely achieved its goal of reversing “the separatist trend within Modern Orthodoxy, which was isolating” that community “from the rest of the Jewish people.” He added that after a nine-year tenure it was “time to pass the challenge on to others to do the work.”

Gary Rosenblatt

A New Web Series Coming ‘Soon By You’

Creator Leah Gottfried describes the focus on Modern Orthodox singles in NYC as a mix of “Friends” and “Srugim.”

03/08/2016 - 17:31
Editorial Intern

It’s a refrain all too familiar to many young, single, Orthodox Jews, recited by concerned family members and newly married friends as a kind of hopeful prophecy. Now, it’s the name of a brand-new web series.

Leah Gottfried, second from left, helms web series about the lives of New York City Modern Orthodox singles. Leora Veit

The ‘Kate Middleton Effect’ On Synagogue Fashion

11/29/2015 - 19:00

The so-called “Kate Middleton effect” — by which anything the Duchess of Cambridge wears becomes an instant best-seller — seems to know no bounds.

Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, in Ottawa, Canada, July 1, 2011. Wikimedia Commons

Rabbinical Council Of America Officially Bans Ordination And Hiring Of Women Rabbis

11/01/2015 - 19:00

The Rabbinical Council of America, the main modern Orthodox rabbinical group, formally adopted a policy prohibiting the ordination or hiring of women rabbis.

Israeli women of the Women of the Wall organization praying just outside the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City. JTA

As KJ Returns To A Restored Shul, Rabbi Passes The Torch

Four years after a fire damaged Kehilath Jeshurun, the building reopens with a revamped space and a new senior rabbi.

09/16/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In June of 1958, 26-year-old Rabbi Haskel Lookstein sat on the bima of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun and delivered his first sermon as the Upper East Side Modern Orthodox congregation’s assistant rabbi.

Congregants of Kehilath Jeshurun carry Torah scrolls during the dedication ceremony. Courtesy of Kehilath Jeshurun

Orthodox Jews Are Mostly Republicans, And More

The research center's 2013 study yields more insights, especially about the Orthodox.

08/25/2015 - 20:00

Ever since the Pew Research Center released its landmark 2013 survey of U.S. Jewry, the study has become central to debates about everything from intermarriage to Jewish education. Now comes a new treasure trove of data from Pew about Orthodox Jews, extrapolated from the data amassed for the 2013 study (from 3,475 interviews with Jews conducted that year).

Members of the Jewish Orthodox community walk down a street in a Brooklyn neighborhood on June 14, 2012, in New York City. JTA

In Protest, Rabbi Avi Weiss Leaves RCA

Cites failure of Orthodox rabbinic group to admit Chovevei Torah graduates.

06/29/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Rabbi Avi Weiss, the maverick Modern Orthodox spiritual leader who has distanced himself from that movement in recent decades by forming his own “Open Orthodox” rabbinical school and ordaining women, this week cut his ties with Modern Orthodoxy’s mainstream rabbinical group in protest.

In Protest, Rabbi Avi Weiss Quits Rabbinical Council Of America

06/29/2015 - 20:00

Rabbi Avi Weiss is quitting the Rabbinical Council of America to protest its failure to admit as members rabbis whose sole ordination is from the rabbinical school he founded.

Weiss leads a vigil and march in New York City in remembrance of the three Israeli boys who were kidnapped and killed. JTA
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