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Neo-Orthodoxy
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1. Introduction

Neo-Orthodoxy was a Jewish movement that began in Germany in the 19th century, striving to reconcile the principles of Orthodox Judaism with modernity. Neo-Orthodoxy was not at first a term its advocates used themselves. They preferred the Hebrew slogan tora im derech eretz (Mishna, Avoth 2:2), that is “[practicing the] Torah [in accordance] with the way of the land.” Other terms used were “faithful to the law” (German: gesetzestreu), or simply “orthodox.”

Neo-Orthodoxy was distinct both from…

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Haußig, Hans-Michael, “Neo-Orthodoxy”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 15 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024713>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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