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Modern Orthodox Judaism

Zev Eleff

Jewish Publication Society

2100 Arch Street, 2nd floor, Philadelphia PA 19103-1399

9780827612570, $40.00 PB, $29.60 Kindle, 570pp,

"Modern Orthodox Judaism: A Documentary History" by Zev Eleff (Chief Academic Officer of the Hebrew Theological College, Chicago, Illinois) offers an extensive selection of primary texts documenting the Orthodox encounter with American Judaism that led to the emergence of the Modern Orthodox movement. Many texts in this volume are drawn from episodes of conflict that helped form Modern Orthodox Judaism. These include the traditionalists' response to the early expressions of Reform Judaism, as well as incidents that helped define the widening differences between Orthodox and Conservative Judaism in the early twentieth century. Other texts explore the internal struggles to maintain order and balance once Orthodox Judaism had separated itself from other religious movements. "Modern Orthodox Judaism" combines published documents with seldom-seen archival sources in tracing Modern Orthodoxy as it developed into a structured movement, established its own institutions, and encountered critical events and issues. A general introduction explains the rise of the movement and puts the texts in historical context. Brief introductions to each section guide readers through the documents of this new, dynamic Jewish expression. An outstanding work that is thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "Modern Orthodox Judaism" is an exceptional and highly recommended addition to personal, community and academic library Judaic Studies collections.

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Title Annotation:Modern Orthodox Judaism: A Documentary History
Publication:Internet Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Mar 1, 2017
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