Who in the Orthodox community is engaging in original Jewish thought? While Christians have created a 21st-century academic discipline of religious thought, Jewish academics, including Modern Orthodox Jews in the field of Jewish studies, have conspicuously failed to follow suit. Yes, it’s a truism that, in general, people’s attention spans today seem not to allow for deeper and more nuanced modes of speculation. But Modern Orthodoxy needs intellectual vibrancy in order to flourish.
Rabbi Barry Freundel, “Against Open Orthodoxy”, Mosaic (August 2014) [http://mosaicmagazine.com/supplemental/2014/08/against-open-orthodoxy/]