“The paradox of Jewish modernity, then, is that Jewish religious life is organized into structures into which tradition does not fit.”
“Whatever is the condition of Jews today, it is not what was expected. One example: In the early summer of this year, twenty thousand Jews gathered in Madison Square Garden to celebrate the completion of a seven year cycle of Talmud study. Not obviously an epoch-making even, until we recall that little over a century earlier, one of the greatest Jewish scholars of his day, Leopold Zunz, had predicted that by the twentieth century there would be no one left to understand a rabbinic text… The trajectory mapped out by Judaism in the late twentieth century has run counter to prediction.”