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    • Chaim
    • 18.12.12 | 21:13 (IST)

    I'm sorry, but Modern Orthodoxy is a farce that will not live beyond a generation or two. Anyone who honestly believes otherwise is delusional. How dare I say such things? From where do I source such strong opinions? Well, as someone who is a product of the MO day school and high school system (and is no longer religious I might add), I can tell you that the movement is grounded in principles that are simply not tenable in modern American society. One only needs to look at the graduates of the premier MO high schools in North America. Frisch, Ramaz, SAR, and countless others all are not producing students wishing to continue an "observant" lifestyle. They go off to college, maybe join the campus Hillel, and within a few weeks are partying Friday night with the rest of their friends. Kosher, saying no to sex? Get real. Trust me, I was there. All my friends were too. This is the harsh reality. It seems no one dares admit it, but Modern Orthodoxy was and continues to be a failed experiment. The only people championing it are those like this author, who try to believe that by sending their kids to a school like SAR they're getting the "best of both worlds". Come back to me in ten years Vered, and if even a quarter of your child's graduating class is still observant than I will gladly renounce my position. This is why, despite all its flaws, the state of Israel is and will continue to be the only salient future for Judaism in the 21st century. Anyone who believes otherwise is welcome to stay aboard, and continue sailing on the sinking ship that is the American state of "Modern Orthodoxy".

    from the article: As modern Orthodoxy dies in Israel, it thrives in New York
    First published 11:38 18.12.12 | Last updated 11:38 18.12.12
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