Change in Order to Preserve

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  1. max says:

    So I guess that Solomon Schechter wasn’t so wrong when he thought that some change was needed to “conserve Judaism”

    [YA – He was. It just wasn’t the change that he had in mind.]

  2. max says:

    What is fundamentally the difference?

  3. Reb Yid says:

    This is no less true of, say picking single stocks (instead of an index). Or try cities. The ones that specialized in one industry or another were mostly doomed to failure unless, in cases like Pittsburgh, they were able to reinvent themselves and diversify.

    We can look at Hasidim in that vein, too, in Judaism’s successful attempt to diversify from the hegemonic mitnagdish model in the Ashkenazi world.

  4. dr. bill says:

    That change occurred is a historical truism. The roles of the community and its Rabbis, though often argued, is also well documented. What gets people all riled up is particular examples. Try modifying either the view of the Chazon Ish ztl on the draft or the Rav ztl on inter-denominational dialogue, and watch the reaction. The issue comes down to whether a distinction in the metziut should make a difference in suggesting changed behavior. It is in this area where machloket reigns.

    I often wonder when I see Yosef in a Shtreimel, whether some doubt that change even occurs. OTOH rapid (and disastrous) change in behavior can result from (grossly) overstating the extent of the change in the metzius. Easy answers do not exist; pook hazi – most of the time there are more advocates for going too rapidly or too slowly.

  5. Dos is Reality says:

    OK Jonathan, just say it overtly – the Chareidi education system for boys in Israel is broken, and we need more American-style Mesivta high schools for teenagers and Touro-like college options for young men. Everyone knows it, the vast majority of people will say it quietly amongst themselves – and yet the inertia, prodded by the overzealous minority who dominate the Chareidi public square, are preventing it from happening. True, there are a few upstart institutions that are bucking the trend – like the Mesivta of Beit Shemesh and Chedvas Ha Torah in Y’lem – but the Chareidi establishment is doing everything they can to marginalize them as an option for “regular” Chareidim. You are prescient is hinting that, absent these types of choices being made available to them, the mainstream Israeli Chareidi public will eventually vote with their feet.

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