What the Future Holds for Modern Orthodox Judaism: A Conversation

A video of a discussion earlier this month with the Mosaic columnist Eli Spitzer and Sarah Rindner about the former’s attention-grabbing argument about Modern Orthodox Judaism.

Jonathan Sacks speaks with Ephraim Mirvis, his successor as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the UK and the Commonwealth, on September 1, 2013 in London, England. Stefan Rousseau, WPA Pool/Getty Images.

Jonathan Sacks speaks with Ephraim Mirvis, his successor as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the UK and the Commonwealth, on September 1, 2013 in London, England. Stefan Rousseau, WPA Pool/Getty Images.

Observation
Aug. 23 2021
About the authors

Sarah Rindner teaches English literature at Lander College in New York and blogs at Book of Books.

Jonathan Silver is the editor of Mosaic.

Eli Spitzer is a Mosaic columnist and the headmaster of a Hasidic boys’ school in London. He blogs and hosts a podcast at elispitzer.com.

In August 2021 Mosaic published an essay by our new columnist Eli Spitzer about the direction of the Modern Orthodox movement and why it finds itself caught up in so many controversies. Eli’s article attracted significant attention and comment, so we thought we’d further the conversation, and also introduce him to you properly, by inviting Eli to discuss live the ideas in his essay. He spoke with another regular Mosaic writer, Sarah Rindner, who has plenty of ideas about Modern Orthodoxy herself, and answered questions from our readers and friends in the Mosaic community. We’re happy now to present a video of that live discussion, which took place on Tuesday, August 10, along with a lightly edited transcript below.

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