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tradition-cabinetby R. Yitzchak Blau

Modern Orthodoxy consistently confronts the challenge of determining which aspects of the broader world are worthwhile, which neutral, and which negative. In 1985, Dr. David Singer contributed a provocative essay discussing a frum Jew vacationing in Club Med. Does this reflect praiseworthy synthesis or problematic compartmentalization? Rabbi Shalom Carmy’s insightful response raises may important questions for our community. Is an endeavor religiously legitimate simply because it does not involve concrete halakhic violations? How can we best think critically about elements of broader culture? Do we make such decisions based on sociology or ideology? What is a Jewish perspective on leisure and vacations?

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About Yitzchak Blau

Rabbi Yitzchak Blau is Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshivat Orayta and also teaches at Midreshet Lindenbaum. He is the author of Fresh Fruit and Vintage Wine: The Ethics and Wisdom of the Aggada and an Associate Editor of Tradition.

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