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Unformatted text preview: Modern Orthodox Jews believe that they can be committed to time-honored Jewish traditions and observances and yet still participate in the general American society. For example, they dress like other Americans while still adhering to Orthodox law. They are committed to "Torah Judaism and secular learning," the motto of New York's Yeshiva University, which Modern Orthodox Jews founded. They see their Orthodox position not in terms of narrow Orthodox restrictions but in terms of the larger issues of the Jewish and general societies. Modern Orthodox Jews are traditional in their reliance upon the wisdom of the past and their view of tradition as an anchor, or foundation, in their lives. But because they believe in the benefits to be had from interacting with the modern world, they remain attached to modern society. Samuel Heilman, a prominent Modern Orthodox Jew, commented on this dual commitment in Natalie Gittelson's...
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.
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