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Orthodox Paradox: A Reflections on Boundaries, Danger and Possibilities

I just read an interesting article in the New York Times Magazine by Noah Feldman, Harvard Law School professor, called, Orthodox Paradox (Published: July 22, 2007). Summed up, it describes “The 12 years I spent at a yeshiva day school made me who I am. Now the school doesn’t acknowledge who I’ve become. A reflection on religion, identity and belonging.”

I see it as a fascinating reflection on the boundaries set by “traditional” religious groups, the dangers inherent in these, and the possibilities of merging serious religious living with modernity. Check it out.

2 comments

  1. Donnie CC says:

    I read this on the bus this morning and was a bit disturbed by what could easily be seen as Yetzer Harah and not all that productive. While I am proud and loud Reform Jew, sometimes I think that too much is given into the idea that Orthodoxy is wrong.

    I don’t think it is right for me or Prof Feldman; clearly our life choices have lead us down a path that is inconsistent with the path outlined for the students of the Maimonides School he attended for 12 years.

    This article doesn’t give us any view of the life Feldman leads, how he raised his children or what he believes; it only points a finger at the MO community calling they hypocrites. It seems just a little insincere that the only examples of MO personalities are assassins and terrorists.

    I was a little (very little) shocked to see this piece in the Magazine…but then again it should cause lots of people to get made and write letters to editor. I suppose the entire point of such a piece is to incite insight.

  2. Donnie CC says:

    I also suppose I should have spell checked this a bit better before I hit submit.. Clearly I mean:
    – it only points a finger at the MO community calling them hypocrites. AND
    – but then again it should cause lots of people to get mad and write letters to editor.

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