Orthodoxy is actually made up of several different groups. It includes the modern Orthodox, who have largely integrated into modern society while maintaining observance of (Jewish Law), the , who live separately and dress distinctively (commonly, but erroneously, referred to in the media as the "ultra-Orthodox"), and the Yeshivish Orthodox, who are neither Chasidic nor modern. The Orthodox movements are all very similar in belief, and the differences are difficult for anyone who is not Orthodox to understand. They all believe that gave the whole at Mount Sinai. The "whole Torah" includes both the (the first five books of the Bible) and the , an oral tradition interpreting and explaining the Written Torah. They believe that the Torah is true, that it has come down to us intact and unchanged. They believe that the Torah contains binding upon Jews but not upon non-Jews. This web site is written primarily from the modern Orthodox point of view. The (NJPS) performed by the Council of Jewish Federations found that 10% of American Jewish adults identify themselves as Orthodox, including 21% of those who belong to a synagogue.


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