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The Search Committee

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When the leader of a venerable Torah academy passes away, a search committee begins to interview two candidates, both serious and committed Torah scholars. However, the resemblance ends there. One is the previous leader's son, a staunch traditionalist determined to keep to the old ways, while the other is a university graduate with a modern, open-minded perspective. The ca...more
Hardcover, 155 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Urim Publications (first published July 1st 2008)
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Ellen
This isn't a novel, it is a manifesto against the right-wing yeshiva world. The premise is simple: the Rosh Yeshiva of a large, Lithuanian yeshiva has passed away and the board has convened a search committee to choose between two potential candidates to replace him. The first is the Rosh Yeshiva's son, who assumes the post is his and is indignant at having to appear before a committee of laymen to be granted what is rightfully his (his grandfather founded the yeshiva). The other is a young, col...more
Lorri
Rabbi Marc D. Angel, PhD has written an extremely though-provoking book, giving the reader much to ponder regarding Moses Maimonides and Baruch Spinoza. Maimonides, Spinoza and Us is quite the intense read.

Angel’s comparing and contrasting Moses Maimonides and Baruch Spinoza, two great Jewish philosophers, is done with sensitivity, yet with a forthrightness that vividly speaks the varied philosophical languages and thinking of the two men. The two men, born almost five centuries apart had differ...more
Yael
I read this book hoping to find an honest, open examination of the differences between the modorn orthodox and yeshivish world. Unfortunately, I was bitterly disappointed, as there is hardly anything open or honest about it. The characters are flat and steryotipical, and they fail to represent their conflicting worlds. Rabbi Grossman, (the yeshivash Rabbi), is arrogant, bitter, and presents a cold and ugly Judaism, and is without a single redeeming quality. Rabbi Mercado, on the other hand, is a...more
Isaac
Phenomenal and very accurate account of the perspective from a Yeshivish/Charadei hashkofa and from a Modern Orthodox hashkofa and worldview. Beautifully done with each side being presented fairly. Page turner, read in one sitting type of book.
Sue
Entertaining but also serious. The author - a rabbi who's emeritus from a big Orthodox shul in Manhattan - spins a brief tale of a right-wing yeshiva in New York that is trying to decide which of two candidates will be their new head.
Bookworm
A page-turner. Very interesting take on the direction orthodox yeshivot are taking and how they choose to interact (and not to interact) with the modern outside world. Recommended.
Amanda
Fascinating read, which really puts onto the table so many issues that break the Jewish community apart from itself.
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