Casting Centrism as a process and not a mere balance has the unique advantage of incorporating a number of normative Jewish values into it. Here is something else I have the trouble with: For the true Centrist, a robust free marketplace of ideas is crucial to success. Even in prayer, I think of the generations before me who joined in the same songs, chants, movements, aspirations and moments of inspiration that I do. Norman Lamm, President emeritus of Yeshiva University. They have to compete for unaffiliated voters and not just their bases.
In Israel, the issue that cannot be resolved in the two-party system is peace with the Palestinians. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, under fire from Likud for the withdrawal from Gaza, and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, defeated in his bid to remain as leader of Labor, have joined forces to form a new centrist party. This is how we both define our religious ideals. Norman Lamm laid down and identified centrism with the then regnant Modern Orthodoxy. This highlights to me the downside of passion and radicalism. Among these are keeping kosher, driving to synagogue on Shabbat, music on Shabbat, liturgical changes, egalitarianism and same-sex marriage.
Many of the authors are leading critical theorists on gender and sexuality and Judaism. When I started I wanted a strong defense of Conservative Judaism and what I got was a book I paid too much for ebook version to hear a guy who is clearly agnostic try to pretend that Judaism means more than some thing you do on a Friday night. A 1981 article in Tradition by Alvin Schiff, the then Executive Vice President of the New York Board of Jewish Education see amply demonstrates this. And the response of the Jewish community to their efforts will be the canary in the mine that tells whether it is likely to work. I would even go so far as to say that Trump is a haredi Republican.
This book is an important resource for clergy and other congregational leaders and is an excellent product for lecture series. The Jewish Advocate The complex relationship between an ancient, holy tradition and a modern, rationalistic culture drives many to one extreme or the other. I think you pointed out the paradox already — that the very balance we often seek comes at the price of tempering our passion for fear of losing the balance. Fine is the rabbi of Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and is also an adjunct professor of Jewish law at the Abraham Geiger and Zacharias Frankel Colleges at the University of Potsdam in Germany. I think you are right, much of the onus falls upon us — upon educators and religious leaders — to model the enthusiasm and the excitement that we want our congregants and our students to acquire. But I disagree with him. I suggest now that centrism is not a set of practices, nor is it a worldview.
We choose which ever path leads to it. After studying with these mentors and supplementing their ideas with some independent studies of my own I arrived at my conclusion that Centrism is the essence of what Judaism should be. Pick your favorite decade and dress the part! He makes it clear that Conservative Judaism is not merely some sort of compromise between Orthodoxy and Reform. The question then becomes how to implement centrist thinking, thus enabling it to yield practical results. The Yeshivos I attended were Yeshivas Telshe for early high school and more significantly, the Hebrew Theological College where for a period of ten years, my Rebbeim included such great Rabbinic figures as Rabbis Mordechai Rogov, Shmaryahu Meltzer, Yaakov Perlow, Herzl Kaplan, and Selig Starr. I Feel Positively Naked Without My Lipstick Rima Riedel, Creative Expressive Therapist How do women use cosmetics to fashion their own self image? This book should be titled: Judaism without Chutzpah. Polar voices come about when others want to convince the world of the objective truth of their positions.
It leads to peace, the vessel into which G-d places His blessings for Israel Uktzin 3:12. This book is challenging, and not comfortable to read for many of us, but the questions that it raises must be confronted by us all. Of great significance is Rabbi, Dr. If only more Jews understood and practiced Judaism as he does! I would just hope that some of that enthusiasm would find its way to core Jewish observance, and to serious Jewish learning as well. Schiff uses the terms Centrists and Modern Orthodox interchangeably.
He critiques what has been and clarifies a vision for what might be, with personal passion and intellectual integrity. Joshua Stanton Joshua Stanton is a Founding Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies and State of Formation. Radicals may be more willing to go for broke because they believe they have nothing to lose. Can one be religious — or religiously knowledgeable — without the study of history? Nor is it to be found at any specific point on the ideological number line. Is it possible to accept the teachings of a prophet or set of prophets without focusing on prophetic history? Republican consultant Dan Schnur even suggested in a Los Angeles Times column that Schwarzenegger should run for re-election in 2006 as an independent. Why be particularly emphatic about such a choice? Centrism dies when it is deprived of ideological options. Of course, extreme positions are not only found in politics, but in religious circles as well, accompanied by intense emotional connection with faith.
This article was first published on the. A Centrist has ideals, just like those to his Hashkafic right or left. The 12th century is not widely known for its inter-religious interchange, but Maimonides, like many other Middle Eastern rabbis, was fluent in Arabic and even as a rabbi held a significant knowledge of Islam. Maimonides even served the royal court of Saladin's empire as a physician and often demonstrated nuanced views of Islam, which he even defended at one point against accusations of idolatry from rabbis less versed in its teachings. Hazzan Alisa Pomerantz-Boro will be leading Hallel and Musaf.