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The Emergence of Ultra-Orthodoxy

“The Emergence of Ultra-Orthodoxy: The Invention of a Tradition”

Published in The Uses of Tradition: Jewish Continuity in the Modern Era, Ed. Jack Wertheimer

The Emergence of Ultra-Orthodoxy Michael K Silber


Rupture and Reconstruction

Rupture and Reconstruction: The Transformation of Contemporary Orthodoxy

Published in Tradition, Vol. 28, No. 4 (Summer 1994).

The author asserts that contemporary Orthodox Jewish religion and practice has undergone a major and profound change in nature during his lifetime. 520 more words


Obsession with bugs in vegetables

Keeping kosher is how Jews bring holiness into eating. It is spiritually empowering, and shows our commitment to a 3000 year old tradition. Unfortunately, some Orthodox rabbis in the last 50 year have created unrealistic stringencies that make it impossible for Jews to eat healthy diets: these new stringencies make it nearly impossible to eat any fruits or vegetables, due to fears of insects. 662 more words