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Contemporary Jewry

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 327–329 | Cite as

Adam Ferziger: Beyond Sectarianism: The Realignment of American Orthodox Judaism

Wayne State University Press, 2015, 352 pp, Price: $34.99
  • Moshe KrakowskiEmail author
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Though his scholarly work has reflected his training as a historian, Adam Ferziger is also one of our sharpest observers of contemporary Jewish life. His new book, Beyond Sectarianism: The Realignment of American Orthodox Judaism, brings together nine essays, some more historically oriented than others, that collectively shed light on Jewish life in America today. While the book ostensibly examines Orthodox Judaism, readers will inevitably gain insight into many of the dynamics driving Jewish religious life across denominational divisions, in no small part due to Ferziger’s emphasis, reflected in the title, on groups within Orthodoxy moving beyond sectarianism. This post-sectarian movement inevitably puts these groups, and consequently the book’s reader, in contact with cultural and religious developments within the Reform and Conservative movements, as well as feminist and open Orthodox movements—in addition, of course, to Ferziger’s rich treatment of the nuances of harediand modern...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Yeshiva UniversityNew YorkUSA

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