Returning to Tradition: The Contemporary Revival of Orthodox Judaism

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In recent years, numbers of young American and Israeli Jews raised in nonreligious families have chosen to become practicing Orthodox Jews, eating only food that is kosher, abstaining from all work on the Sabbath, and observing laws of family purity that require periodic sexual abstinence for husband and wife and modesty in dress and behavior.
This comprehensive study of the revival of Orthodox Judaism was written by M. Herbert Danzger, a sociologist who is also a part of the world of Orthodox Judaism.  Danzger interviewed more than two hundred newly Orthodox Jews, their rabbis, teachers, and recruiters, and spent hundreds of hours in yeshivot (seminaries) and at outreach programs in both countries.  With these rich data, he presents colorful portraits of both men and women; Israelis and Americans; that reveal why they became Orthodox Jews, how Orthodoxy was brought to their attention, how they were socialized into their new commitment, and what sort of life they entered, with what rewards and what costs.  Danzger also focuses on how Orthodox Judaism is being reshaped by its unprecedented attempt to reach out to those who want to learn about it, and he examines its outreach efforts, its organizational structures and recruitment techniques, and its struggle to articulate beliefs and justify accepted practices.  His book is thus not only a description of the movement to return to Orthodoxy but also a reflection on contemporary Orthodoxy from the perspective of this movement.

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Since 1975 a series of articles and books have appeared on the return of nonreligious American and Israeli youth to Orthodox Judaism. In this study, sociologist Danzger interviews more than 200 newly Orthodox Jews and their rabbis, teachers, and recruiters. In a clear and lucid style, he examines the reasons for return, the schools established by Orthodox Judaism to deal with this return, and the values and conflicts thus engendered. He also shows how returnees are influenced by the recruiting program and what place they have in Judaism. This work is distinguished from others in its examination of the differences between Christian rebirth and Judaic return and of the counterculture in the United States and Israel, and also in its careful delineation of traditional and modernistic Orthodox Jewry. Recommended.
- Maurice Tuchman, Hebrew Coll. Lib., Brookline, Mass.
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