Definition of Orthodox Judaism in English:

Orthodox Judaism


  • [mass noun] A major branch within Judaism which teaches strict adherence to rabbinical interpretation of Jewish law and its traditional observances. There are more than 600 rules governing religious and everyday life.

    • ‘Though its active adherents number less than a fifth of the Jewish population, Orthodox Judaism has considerably influenced public policy.’
    • ‘But Orthodox Judaism has always quietly upheld the same decree against same-sex unions.’
    • ‘He explained the peculiarities of the various religious sects within Orthodox Judaism, including the Meashearim and the Sepharidic Jews.’
    • ‘She was raised in the Jewish tradition and, after her parents divorced, chose to embrace Orthodox Judaism, which - because she was not born of a Jewish mother - required conversion.’
    • ‘The only religions today with practising male majorities are eastern Orthodoxy, Islam, Orthodox Judaism and eastern creeds such as Buddhism.’
    • ‘And by the 1960s, Orthodox Judaism had transplanted itself to suburbia and had become the religion of choice of a surprising number of physicians, lawyers, engineers, academicians, and other professionals.’
    • ‘It delves into the Jewish lifestyle in the US during the World War II era - such a rich culture - and explores the differences between Hasidic and Orthodox Judaism.’
    • ‘All of these Jews believed in the core beliefs that became known as Orthodox Judaism.’
    • ‘He was then led to his forefathers' faith, what has come of late to be called Orthodox Judaism, and it is in the multifaceted realm of intense Jewish observance and study that he thrives to this day.’
    • ‘He is a well-known exponent of modem Orthodox Judaism.’
    • ‘The foundation of Orthodox Judaism is the belief that there is an unbroken chain of interpretation that began with Moses' own interpretation of the Torah and that has continued ever since.’
    • ‘As I write, two propositions from which every mainstream Jew in the last millennium would have instantly recoiled have become legitimate options within Orthodox Judaism.’
    • ‘She says she bases her morality on her religious commitment to Orthodox Judaism.’
    • ‘But certainly Frimer went on to become a major intellectual figure in Orthodox Judaism.’
    • ‘And within Orthodox Judaism, there are disagreements over other matters as well.’
    • ‘An ex-evangelical minister, Mark had converted to Orthodox Judaism.’
    • ‘Conservative Judaism is seen as the middle ground between larger Reform Judaism, which allows gay people to serve as rabbis and blesses same-sex unions, and smaller and stricter Orthodox Judaism, which forbids homosexuality.’
    • ‘Together with subsequent guidelines, the principles advanced in this essay have governed Orthodox Judaism's policy regarding ‘dialogue’ with other religions, most notably the Roman Catholic Church.’
    • ‘The cantor is the leader of prayers who leads the service in prayer through chant, through singing, and it's a position of great responsibility.’
    • ‘Lichtenstein upholds Israel's system of a state-established Orthodox Judaism, while seeking to contain its possible negative effects.’