The ideological diversity that always existed within Torah-observant Judaism has been one of the factors that has fuelled our energetic revitalization in this past generation. From the disagreements within Talmudic hashkafot, to the deep division of opinion amongst Jewish philosophers in the period of the Rishonim, to the gap between rationalists and Kabbalists and between Hassidim and Misnagdim - all of that contributed to the diversity of thought which now exists within the Orthodox community itself.
The purpose of this bibliography is to encourage a more conscious process of study, thinking and appreciation of the range of opinions that are now legitimately held, vigorously propounded, and energetically debated within our community.
This bibliography reflects "attitudes" - not formal halakhic positions, but ideologies based on different halakhic assumptions and approaches - on an array of issues which deeply affect the Orthodox community today.
We urge you to approach this material thoughtfully, with an eye toward helping yourself to define what your own convictions are, and to staying open to the reevaluation of your position in the light of learning more about the opinions of others. Most importantly, we hope that this process of study will enable all of us to live with greater respect and love for those with whom we disagree even on these obviously vital matters.
-- Rabbi Saul Berman
DIVERSE ORTHODOX ATTITUDES
On each of nine key issues, we have compiled the three or four "attitudes" which comprises the full range of the Orthodox community's thinking. Our explication of these positions does not represent Edah's approval of them.
ORTHODOXY IN MODERNITY
Orthodoxy and Modernity
Jewish Literacy: Education for Adults and Children
DIVERSITY AND TOLERANCE WITHIN JEWRY
Jewish Diversity/Relating to the Non-Orthodox
Jewish Peoplehood and Sociology
WOMEN IN JUDAISM
Women in Jewish Community and Society
Women in Halachah
ISRAEL: POLITICAL ISSUES AND THE RELIGIOUS MEANING OF THE STATE
Israel: Zionism, Politics, and Sociology
Religious Zionist Thought and the State of Israel
JEWISH CULTURE AND GENERAL CULTURE
Judaism and its Interaction with the Arts, Sciences, and Society
Major Religious Thinkers Past and Present
Understanding and Relating to Jewish History
JEWS AND GENTILES: OTHER IN MODERN ORTHODOX THOUGHT
HALACHAH AND AUTHORITY IN MODERNITY
Contemporary Jewish and Halakhic Issues
Halachah, Minhag, and Ideology
JEWISH VALUES, SPIRITUALITY, AND MEANING
Ethics and Chesed
God, Prayer and Spirituality
Judaic Literature and Textual Study
THE QUEST FOR HOLINESS
To Lead A Holy Life
Holiness and the Religious Personality
Holiness in Practice
Holiness in the Environment
Striving for Truth