The Big Gadol Debate - Does Modern Orthodoxy Have Gedolim?

July 06, 2020 01:17:43
The Big Gadol Debate - Does Modern Orthodoxy Have Gedolim?
The Koren Podcast
The Big Gadol Debate - Does Modern Orthodoxy Have Gedolim?

Jul 06 2020 | 01:17:43


Show Notes

In the past few months, Modern Orthodoxy has suffered the loss of some of this generation's greatest leaders including Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm zt"l and Rabbi Dr. Nachum Rabinovitch zt"l. 

Our leaders have also faced challenges and had to find creative answers to some incredibly challenging questions arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic but does Modern Orthodoxy have Gedolim? What is a Gadol? Do Modern Orthodox Jews subscribe to a system of centralized leadership or do we draw on a wealth of different sources to come to a more pluralistic system of religious leadership?

Inspired by contributions at The Lehrhaus, we sat down with Prof. Chaim Saiman (Lehrhaus Consulting Editor, Professor and Chair in Jewish Law at Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law, Dayan at the Beth Din of America) and with Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank (Maggid Shiur at Yeshiva University, RIETS, and the Mazer School of Talmudic Studies) to discuss.

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