The Young Israel movement was one of the foundations of the Modern Orthodox movement in the United States during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Its various positions on such things as spiritual and secular matters are embraced by David and Reuven Malter in Potok's The Chosen.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.
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