The primary purpose of the conference and this resulting volume
has been to demonstrate through a spectrum of diverse views,
that spirituality and Orthodox Judaism are actually not hostile to
one another, but, to the contrary, complement and enrich one another.
The issue is first approached from a historical perspective, in
essays dealing with ancient Judaism, the medieval period and the
contemporary period. The following essays then consider the interplay
between spirituality and traditional Judaism in synagogue art
and in prayer. Essays by Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein and Dr. Chaim
Waxman frame the discussion and present an overview of the wideranging
philosophical and sociological implications of the topic. [from the Introduction]
Papers from the 12th Orthodox Forum held in New York, N.Y., Apr. 2-3, 2000.