Draft Outline for Reader for High School Senior on Modern Orthodoxy*

Theory and Practice

  1. Rabbi Saul BermanThe Ideology of Modern Orthodoxy – A statement of Ideology
  2. Rabbi Shmuly YanklowitzTwenty-five phenomena of renewed Modern Orthodoxy– Dynamics in Place
  3. Dr.Rivka Press SchwartzPrivilege, Perspective, and Modern Orthodox Youth– As Issues Show Up for Youth
  4. Dr. Jack WertheimerCan Modern Orthodoxy Survive?– Looking in From the Outside


  1. Chaim Grade My Quarrel with Hersh Rasseyner– How might they both be right?
  2. Dr. Rabbi Haym Soloveitchik Rupture and Reconstruction– Holding the Literary and Mimetic Traditions


  1. Rabbi Marc Angel, Minhagim: Divinity and Diversity– Beyond AshkeNormativity
  2. Professor Rabbi David Berger On the Spectrum of Messianic Belief in Contemporary Lubavitch Chassidism– What is our Relationship with Chabad?


  1. Rabbi Aharon LichtensteinDoes Jewish Tradition Recognize an Ethic Independent of Halakha?– You not not to be wrong for me to be right
  2. Rav Shagar, Love, Romance, and Covenant– How is Love and Modernity intertwined?
  3. Dr. Tamar RossThe Feminist Contribution to Halakhic Discourse: Kol Be-isha Erva as a Test Case – Interesting Regarding Content and Process
  4. Rabbi Alan Yuter–  The Low Down on the Height of the Mechitsa: A Modern Orthodox Reading
  5. Blu GreenbergAbortion -We Need Halachic Creativity – A Clear voice from 1974 on the Topic

Rhythm of Jewish Life

  1. Maya BernsteinMemento Mori:On Yom Kippur, a lesson about living with mortality– Living in the World
  2. Contemporary Talmud: Yishai Ribo’s Keter Melucha – The Rhythm of Modern Orthodoxy

The Future

  1. Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z’l, Letters to the Next Generation: Reflections on Yom Kippur
  2. Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z’l , Letters to the Next Generation 2: Reflections on Jewish Life

My Future

  1. Please respond to these letters in light of everything you have read and experiences. Feel free to send them in to me here and I will post them.  hiorlow@gmail.com

*Clearly this is a work in progress. I would love to hear what other short form and accessible pieces you would want to see here. Be in touch  hiorlow@gmail.com

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