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Sunday, February 22 • 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Varieties of Modern Orthodoxy: Why Are There So Many Debates?

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Has Modern Orthodoxy been around for 250 years or is it a product of the last 50 years? This talk divides Modern Orthodoxy into a dozen different groups with diverse origins and distinctive worldviews. Yet, all of the versions share many traits in common. What are the similarities and differences between Religious Zionism, Modern Orthodoxy, and the British United Synagogue? Did Modern Orthodoxy start with Shadal, Hirsch, Reines, or none of the above? Are Chabad (Lubavitch Hasidim) and Aish HaTorah modern? Why is there such a debate? We will also consider the role of Christian trends, such as the culture of Evangelism, and their influence on Modern Orthodoxy.

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Alan Brill

Professor, Seton Hall University
Alan Brill is the Cooperman/Ross Endowed Chair at Seton Hall University, where he teaches Jewish Studies in the graduate program. Author of Thinking God: The Mysticism of Rabbi Zadok of Lublin, Judaism and Other Religions: Models Of Understanding, and Judaism and World Religions, Prof. Brill received his BA, MA, and Ordination from Yeshiva University and his PhD from the Department of Theology at Fordham University. Currently, he is... Read More →

Sunday February 22, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Room 114