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Social Change and Halakhic Evolution in American Orthodoxy$
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Chaim I. Waxman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764845

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764845.001.0001

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American Orthodoxy Adopts Stringency

American Orthodoxy Adopts Stringency

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(p.89) Four American Orthodoxy Adopts Stringency
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Social Change and Halakhic Evolution in American Orthodoxy
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Chaim I. Waxman

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764845.003.0005

This chapter talks about observers of American Orthodoxy that were struck by what was labelled as a move to the right during the second half of the twentieth century. It discusses the insistence on the term ‘glatt kosher’ and stricter rules of kashrut in general, as well as the increasing insistence on separation of the sexes in the synagogue during services. It also explores basic sociological factors that explain why Orthodoxy in modern society is adopting a stance of greater isolation from the wider Jewish community and of ritualistic stringency. The chapter mentions Charles Liebman and his pioneering 1966 analysis of American Orthodox Judaism in the American Jewish Year Book. It distinguishes between ultra-Orthodox Judaism and Modern Orthodoxy in terms of attitudes towards the broader Jewish community, modernity, and Zionism.

Keywords:   American Orthodoxy, glatt kosher, kashrut, modern society, Jewish community, Charles Liebman

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