Jblog Resurrector: The Orthodoxy Test

Like so many of the things I find on blogs around the internet, I’m about 5 years behind the rest of the world on this one. It usually goes like this: I find a fierce discussion in the comments and write my own reply, only to realize that the last person to comment died 200 years ago (that’s c. 2005 in blog years).

Anyhow, I found this test off a now-defunct site called rebelwithacause, which I stumbled upon by clicking a hyperlinked comment on a recommended post on Dovbear from 2006 called why the j-blogosphere matters. And yes, a cat did eat a goat as well, smartass.

Here’s the test: The Orthodoxy Test

Anyhow, whoever wrote it has some great questions and answers that really make you think. It was weird though, because after carefully considering each question, I usually came to the conclusion “I don’t care”. That wasn’t one of the options, so I answered with the opinion I had the last time I cared about these issues. Not sure if that’s progress, or apathy, or what.

Here’s that link again TOT. To make this resurrection a little more interesting, I’m posting my results with a request, nay, command, that you all do the same. (Non-Orthodox FS fans might find it interesting to read the test Q&A, even if you probably won’t find your position listed there.)

Your Test Scores

Left Wing Modern Orthodox: 51%
Right Wing Modern Orthodox: 71%
Left Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 56%
Right Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 13%

The Orthodoxy Test
says that I’m Right Wing Modern O.

I’m not RWMO, but I think that’s just an aggregate of the four percentage categories. They don’t have Burnt-out Yeshivish.

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  • Dave

    Hmmmnnn, I scored:

    Left Wing Modern Orthodox: 80%
    Right Wing Modern Orthodox: 88%
    Left Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 37%
    Right Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 9%

    The Orthodoxy Test
    says that I’m Left Wing Modern O.

    And I’m a non-Orthodox, intermarried, apikorus.

    • Michaltastik

      I bet you’re OTD. They brain washed you, that’s what!

  • Michaltastik

    Left Wing Modern Orthodox: 80%
    Right Wing Modern Orthodox: 68%
    Left Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 33%
    Right Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 8%

    The Orthodoxy Test
    says that I’m Left Wing Modern O.

    ——————————————————————————–

    What does it mean?

    You’re religious, but you like pushing the edge. We must modernize to survive! You hate comparisons to the early maskilim and to right wing Conservatives even though you secretly idealize Saul Lieberman. Why can’t everyone else in Orthodoxy get a clue?

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:DRosenbach DRosenbach

    Has this test undergone sensitivity testing, or is this it?

    • http://yeshivaforum.com OfftheDwannaB

      Yes, and the answers are conclusively fun!
      -Trivial pursuits commercial from the 90′s

  • http://orthofeminist.wordpress.com OrthoFeminist

    Left Wing Modern Orthodox: 74%
    Right Wing Modern Orthodox: 86%
    Left Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 37%
    Right Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 5%
    Congratulations. You’re Modern Orthodox all right, but wait! Just when you were ready to live an idyllic happily-labeled life they announce Left Wing and Right Wing Modern Orthodoxy. What the heck is up with that? Maybe you need to rethink and refine some of your positions, and then take the test again so I can put you in a little box.
    ___
    Wrong. I’m very much Left Wing Modern Orthodox. I think I got these results though, because often my answer was somewhere in between the left wing and right wing MO answers (I have a pet peeve about surveys where the answers are always in the same order such that you know exactly which choice to make if you are going for a particular result).

    Or, of course, I need to rethink my postions so that I can fit into their box :)

    • Dinky Londoner

      Ha, me too:
      Left Wing Modern Orthodox: 76%
      Right Wing Modern Orthodox: 74%
      Left Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 34%
      Right Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 10%

      The Orthodoxy Test says that I’m Modern Orthodox etc…

      And there was I thinking my answers were *too* LW…

  • Yid Vicious

    My results:

    Left Wing Modern Orthodox: 71%
    Right Wing Modern Orthodox: 73%
    Left Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 34%
    Right Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 11%

    Hmm. I’ve never been Right Wing anything in my entire life. I feel dirty.

  • G*3

    Interesting.

    It scored me as Modern Orthodox, and percentages show me as almost equal between right and left. In practice I’m Centrist MO. At least according to this test, I’m in the same place haskafikly. Now, if I could just manage to believe in it, I’d be all set!

    Left Wing Modern Orthodox: 71%
    Right Wing Modern Orthodox: 75%
    Left Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 33%
    Right Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 9%

  • HG

    Hi,

    Here’s mine:

    Left Wing Modern Orthodox: 59%
    Right Wing Modern Orthodox: 56%
    Left Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 31%
    Right Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 10%

    The Orthodoxy Test
    says that I’m Modern Orthodox

    What does it mean?

    Congratulations. You’re Modern Orthodox all right, but wait! Just when you were ready to live an idyllic happily-labeled life they announce Left Wing and Right Wing Modern Orthodoxy. What the heck is up with that? Maybe you need to rethink and refine some of your positions, and then take the test again so I can put you in a little box.

    :-/

  • http://www.kissamezuzah.blogspot.com Susan

    Even though I’m Reform, I was able to answer almost all of the questions with no problem. Below are my results:

    Left Wing Modern Orthodox: 79%
    Right Wing Modern Orthodox: 77%
    Left Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 30%
    Right Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 3%

    The Orthodoxy Test
    says that I’m Modern Orthodox

    What does it mean?

    Congratulations. You’re Modern Orthodox all right, but wait! Just when you were ready to live an idyllic happily-labeled life they announce Left Wing and Right Wing Modern Orthodoxy. What the heck is up with that? Maybe you need to rethink and refine some of your positions, and then take the test again so I can put you in a little box.

    My two cents:
    Maybe this means there is less room between Modern Orthodox and Reform than some people like to pretend.

    • http://yeshivaforum.wordpress.com OfftheDwannaB

      What you think and what you practice can be worlds apart. Like, I don’t agree with the extreme gender separation, but I keep shomer negiah, separate seating, etc.

      On the test though, I answered LWMO-ically. It’s more of an internal test than an external one. We could probably make another one matching up practice and ideas to guage your orthopraxy level. ;)

  • Nobody

    “Allow up to 15 seconds to get results, more if you have dial-up”

    What could possibly take 15 whole seconds to calculate? LOL. And WTH is dial-up, anyway?

    • Michaltastik

      Dial up is old internet where your modem dials in through the phone line. I guess you are either young or sarcastic?

  • BZ

    It looks like I’m right wing modern orthodox. I guess that’s true (though I’m probably not too much right of center), but here’s the blurb that follows and my comments:

    >You’re shteiging away in the YU beis medrash and really enjoying that Kant class in the afternoon.
    >Me: I went to an ivy league school and took a few frum and a few not so frum Jewish Studies classes. I learn with Chavrusa several times a week. I was never interested in philosophy and my major was in Computer Science.

    > You’ve achieved shiurvanna – the perfect synthesis of frumkeit and the outside world.
    >Me: if you say so

    > Everyone to the left is way too modern and everyone to the right is too rigid and machmir.
    > Me: No, since I consider myself “Modern Orthodox” I don’t think “too modern” makes any sense. That’s what yeshivish people say. I would say most people left of me are not keeping Torah properly or not trying to. My problem with the right is not exactly in terms of chumros (though I would say most of the chumros are not for me), but in their “men learning while their wives slave away all day” philosophy. Those on the right who do not do this, I have no huge problem with.

    > Sometimes you feel guilty about not wearing a hat.
    > Me: this one’s right on the money, though I doubt I’ll be wearing one soon

  • Daniel K

    Not sure what to make of my results — perhaps I’m not a human..
    Left Wing Modern Orthodox: 11%
    Right Wing Modern Orthodox: 40%
    Left Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 64%
    Right Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 40%

    The Orthodoxy Test
    says that I’m Huh?

    What does it mean?
    I give up. What are you?

  • http://beismedrash.blogspot.com/ Lex Luthor

    LOL did anyone get anything like this?

    Left Wing Modern Orthodox: 46%
    Right Wing Modern Orthodox: 64%
    Left Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 51%
    Right Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 23%

    The Orthodoxy Test
    says that I’m Huh?

    ——————————————————————————–

    What does it mean?

    I give up. What are you?

    • http://beismedrash.blogspot.com/ Lex Luthor

      Oh I see Daniel K got that too

      • Daniel K

        Might mean we’re Lubavitch which the term ‘Orthodoxy’ may fail to recognize

        • http://beismedrash.blogspot.com/ Lex Luthor

          Lol but I’m not Lubavich

  • Hannie

    Left Wing Modern Orthodox: 9%
    Right Wing Modern Orthodox: 36%
    Left Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 83%
    Right Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 61%

    Hmmmmm…

    • http://yeshivaforum.wordpress.com OfftheDwannaB

      Wait, man, the Hannie?

      • Hannie

        What do you mean?

  • Synapse

    Left Wing Modern Orthodox: 55%
    Right Wing Modern Orthodox: 90%
    Left Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 51%
    Right Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 14%

    The Orthodoxy Test
    says that I’m Right Wing Modern O.

    What does it mean?

    You’re shteiging away in the YU beis medrash and really enjoying that Kant class in the afternoon. You’ve achieved shiurvanna – the perfect synthesis of frumkeit and the outside world. Everyone to the left is way too modern and everyone to the right is too rigid and machmir. Sometimes you feel guilty about not wearing a hat.

    Perfect.

  • Mordechai

    Here’s my results:
    Test Scores

    Left Wing Modern Orthodox: 6%
    Right Wing Modern Orthodox: 26%
    Left Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 66%
    Right Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 78%

    The Orthodoxy Test
    says that I’m Right Wing Yeshivish

    ——————————————————————————–

    What does it mean?

    You know the difference between a Borsalino and a Stetson and your gedolim cards selection is almost complete. You never ever wear jeans, period. The gedolim are probably so proud of you. Why can’t all other Jews just be frum like you?

    So, I turn up essentially how I am, except not Yeshivish, or even Lubavitcher, just a general Chosid.

    • Joe

      Mordechai – why is a right wing chasidish guy like you reading Frum Satire? You have to move yourself one category (at least) to the left.

      My results:
      Left Wing Modern Orthodox: 60%
      Right Wing Modern Orthodox: 73%
      Left Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 46%
      Right Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 19%

      So I’m MO
      That’s reasonable for a post-haredi such as myself.

      • Mordechai

        I personally don’t believe that Frum Satire is a Chillul HaShem, as some of my contemporaries do. I frankly find it nice that someone who is somewhat frummy is poking fun at our community.

  • nelson mandela

    Left Wing Modern Orthodox: 28%
    Right Wing Modern Orthodox: 64%
    Left Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 63%
    Right Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 30%
    The Orthodoxy Test
    says that I’m Huh?

    What does it mean?

    I give up. What are you?
    ——————————-
    i had never even heard of Edah, do i get bonus yeshivish points ?

    • http://beismedrash.blogspot.com/ Lex Luthor

      Not your fault, it’s defunct.

  • bratschegirl

    Left Wing Modern Orthodox: 82%
    Right Wing Modern Orthodox: 60%
    Left Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 27%
    Right Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 3%

    I’m the leftiest, Reformiest person I can think of. What the heck did I say to score even 3% RWYC??!?? This is going to keep me up nights.

    • http://beismedrash.blogspot.com/ Lex Luthor

      Maybe it’s simply the fact that you are so extreme…

    • Dan

      Well, which question did you check the first choice?

      • bratschegirl

        None of them! Just for laughs, I went through it again and picked answer #5 for every single question and still came up 3% Right Wing Yeshivish. I bet it’s impossible to score 0% of anything.

        • bratschegirl

          OK, I have to eat my words from last time. It is possible to score 0%! Choosing answer #1 to every question yielded this:

          Left Wing Modern Orthodox: 0%
          Right Wing Modern Orthodox: 16%
          Left Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 69%
          Right Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 100%

          Oh and the label “Scary Chareidi,” and the instruction to go look up the word “Fundamentalist.” Further research, i.e. retaking the test and choosing all #2, #3, and #4 answers, will have to wait until I once again have too much time on my hands.

  • http://conservadox.tripod.com Woodrow/Conservadox

    Left Wing Modern Orthodox: 59%
    Right Wing Modern Orthodox: 68%
    Left Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 31%
    Right Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 3%
    The Orthodoxy Test
    says that I’m Modern Orthodox

    What does it mean?

    Congratulations. You’re Modern Orthodox all right, but wait! Just when you were ready to live an idyllic happily-labeled life they announce Left Wing and Right Wing Modern Orthodoxy. What the heck is up with that? Maybe you need to rethink and refine some of your positions, and then take the test again so I can put you in a little box.

    MY COMMENT: I think this would be more accurate if they had an option for “Not Orthodox At All”!

  • Joe

    I took it again, this time leaving out the questions that didn’t have an answer I fully agree with.

    I’m now an “huh?”

    In two days, I’ve gone from MO to “huh?”

  • bratschegirl

    In the interest of thoroughness, here are the results of checking answer #2 for each question:

    Left Wing Modern Orthodox: 1%
    Right Wing Modern Orthodox: 37%
    Left Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 96%
    Right Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 68%

    The Orthodoxy Test
    says that I’m Right Wing Yeshivish [which seems odd, since the highest percentage by far is not Right Wing Yeshivish, but Left Wing Yeshivish, but hey, I'm just the messenger here]

    and #3:

    Left Wing Modern Orthodox: 12%
    Right Wing Modern Orthodox: 62%
    Left Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 73%
    Right Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 34%

    The Orthodoxy Test
    says that I’m Left Wing Yeshivish

    and #4:

    Left Wing Modern Orthodox: 73%
    Right Wing Modern Orthodox: 78%
    Left Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 41%
    Right Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 8%

    The Orthodoxy Test
    says that I’m Modern Orthodox

    Finally, in the service of complete silliness, here’s what comes up when “Leave this question out of my results” is chosen for every answer:

    Left Wing Modern Orthodox: 0%
    Right Wing Modern Orthodox: 0%
    Left Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 0%
    Right Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 0%

    The Orthodoxy Test
    says that I’m A Quitter

    What does it mean?

    You have to answer SOMETHING. Stop skipping so many questions and take the test again.

  • Anonymous

    I failed….

    Left Wing Modern Orthodox: 30%
    Right Wing Modern Orthodox: 67%
    Left Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 57%
    Right Wing Yeshivish/Chareidi: 19%

    The Orthodoxy Test
    says that I’m Huh?

    ——————————————————————————–

    What does it mean?

    I give up. What are you?

  • A. Nuran

    Didn’t get any results. About halfway through the test a bunch of stones flew out at me through the monitor, and someone started shouting “Kofir!”

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