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The Work of a Generation

Today’s threats to Jewish life are many. Can a movement be formed to overcome them? What would it look like?

A haredi man prays as a man sweeps the floor next to the Western Wall in Jerusalem. AP Photo/Bernat Armangue.

A haredi man prays as a man sweeps the floor next to the Western Wall in Jerusalem. AP Photo/Bernat Armangue.

Last Word
April 27 2015
About the author

Eric Cohen is executive director of the Tikvah FundHe is the author of In the Shadow of Progress: Being Human in the Age of Technology (2008), editor-at-large of the New Atlantis, and a contributor to numerous publications.


I am grateful to Yuval Levin, Yoram Hazony, Yedidia Stern, and Meir Soloveichik for their thoughtful, serious, and penetrating comments on “The Spirit of Jewish Conservatism.” All four are important thinkers; each is a leader of an important Jewish or conservative institution; and I have read, conversed with, and learned from each of them for many years. Their responses raise a variety of points, and I will try to address many of those points. But I want to focus first on what seem to me the two biggest questions: is God central to Jewish conservatism, and what is the relationship between Jewish economic thinking and conservative economic thinking?

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