Walking With God: Realism, Fanaticism, and the Future of Jewish Law

Since the mid-twentieth century, converging factors have enabled haredi (“ultra-orthodox”) Jews to exert considerable influence on more moderate forms of observant Judaism. In the area of Jewish law, this has led to a shift from rabbinic realism, characterized by contextual and lenient rulings, to f...

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Published in:Marburg Journal of Religion (Band 14)
Main Author: Friedmann, Jonathan
Format: Journal Articles
Language:English
Published: Philipps-Universität Marburg 2009
Institute for Comparative Cultural Research - Study of Religions and Anthropology
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law
Online Access:archiv.ub.uni-marburg.de
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Summary:Since the mid-twentieth century, converging factors have enabled haredi (“ultra-orthodox”) Jews to exert considerable influence on more moderate forms of observant Judaism. In the area of Jewish law, this has led to a shift from rabbinic realism, characterized by contextual and lenient rulings, to fanaticism, which views stringency as the only authentic mode of Jewish legal interpretation. This paper examines two historically moderate communities particularly affected by haredization: modern Orthodoxy in America and Sephardic Judaism in Israel. From these case studies, it will become clear that without significant efforts to revive and promote a middle-of-the-road approach, observant Judaism will continue to be dominated by fundamentalist views.
ISSN:1612-2941
DOI:https://doi.org/10.17192/mjr.2009.14.3466