The Jewish Studies program of the University of Scranton, in conjunction with Edah, is sponsoring a conference on "Modern Orthodoxy 1940-1970" at the University of Scranton from June 13-15, 2006. Speakers will include: Jonathan Sarna, Benny Brown, Avinoam Rosenak, Daniel Statman, Adam Ferziger and others. See below for the full schedule.

Those interested in attending the conference should contact Prof. Marc Shapiro by June 1st to make arrangements for meals. We also have special hotel rates at the lovely Radisson Hotel.


June 13th 2006 Tuesday

10 AM
Alan Brill - Greetings

10:30- 12:00 Religion of the post-War era

David Watt - Orthodox Jews in Protestant America: Modernity and Supersessionism
Kurt Anders Richardson - 'Beyond Modernism: Realist Orientations in
the Neo-Orthodox Theologies of 20th Century Protestantism and Judaism'

Early lunch and check in

2:00- 2:50
Alan Brill - Varieties of Modern Orthodoxy

3:00 - 4:30 Modern Orthodoxy and Philosophy

Avinoam Rosenak - Halakhah and Meta-Halakhah in the writing of R. Eliezer
Zach Braiterman - Berkovits' critique of Philosophy and Liberal Judaism

Coffee 4:30-4:45

Daniel Statman - "The Status of Morality in Modern Orthodox Thought."
Hanoch ben Pazi - The Internalization of Psychoanalytic Theory in
Orthodox Thought

6:30-7:30 Supper

7:45 - 9:00 Popular Modern Orthodoxy and the Study of History
Kimmy Caplan- "From a Bird's-eye View": Importing Rabbi Dr. Auerbach's
Orthodox Historiography to America.
Steven Fine - Modern Orthodoxy and the study of Classical Jewish History

June 14th Wednesday

9:30- 11:15
Jonathan Sarna- The break between Conservative and Orthodox in America
Respondents: - Marc Shapiro and Benny Brown

11:30 - 2:00 pm
Religious Zionism in America: The creation of an Education System
Yehudah Mirsky- The New Heavens in the New World: The Religious Hebraism of Samuel K. Mirsky
Moshe Sokolow- The Educational Philosophy of Hirschenson and religious Zionism
Shai Held - The Modernity of Shimon Federbush
Larry Kaplan- What is Judaism? The introductions to Judaism of Eliezer
Isadore Epstein, and Aron Barth


3:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Modern Orthodoxy in Israel

Benjamin Brown- "Three 20th Century Jewish Political Theologies: Torah State,
Halakhic Democracy and Da'at Torah".
Arye Edrei- The Halakhic thought of R. Shlomo Goren
Ariel Pickard "Rabbi Ovadya Yosef, from Jerusalem to Cairo and back -
Sociology and Halakhic policy."

6:15- 8pm Supper

June 15th Thursday

9:15- 10:45 The Limits of Modernity
Miri Freud-Kandel- Anglo-Jewish Orthodoxy in Transition: 1960-1970
Alan Yuter- The halakhic approach of Rabbi Emmanuel Rackman
Respondent - David Singer

11:00- 1:00 Formative Events of the 1960's
David Landes- The Birth of the Modern Orthodox Clinic: Modernity and Medicine
Adam Ferziger- "Modern Orthodoxy and the Soviet Jewry Movement"
Josh Teplitsky -Modern Orthodoxy and the Vietnam War

Panel and Round table
wrap-up and prospects for the future work.


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