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    • Zev Davis
    • 20.07.10 | 17:13 (IDT)

    What's the big deal?! An Halachically Observant Jew meets a boy, or girl, one, or both of whose parents was converted by a Conservative rabbi, assuming that they are Halachically Jewish. Trouble is that when the Halachically Observant Jew discovers the mother didn't convert Halachically, they have a problem--they can't get married, unless the boy or girl goes through an Halachic conversion. In the case of someone who is mostly Observant, it's not a problem, and as long as it's kept on the shoo-shoo, its all right. Then again, if the Conservative woman rabbi wants to participate in the Halachically performed wedding, its another issue. There goes the pluralism, of course. Halachic Judaism is based on the idea that the Torah was Revealed to the Jews at Sinai as a Written Law that was accompanied by a subtext called the Oral Law. Read the first Mishnah of the Ethics of the Fathers and it reveals how the tradition was passed on over the generations. The Conservative and Reform streams don't accept that idea--its Historic, it changed from time to time, and continues to change, and so . . . Rabbi Kook, whose Judaism was Halachic,used to spell History, in Hebrew with a "Tof" rather than the usual version, with a "Tet". with a "Tet" its history they way they study it in Academia, with "Tof", it intimates something hidden, what we don't know, and Revealed through time. Until the Conservative and Reform Jews came most Jews didn't care for "History" we were a people, with a myriad of customs and approaches to Halacha and we were pluralistic. The question is if the Jews who "jumped over the fence", for whom its "History"--is that pluralism or a different approach to being Jewish.

    from the article: U.S. Jewish leaders: Jewish pluralism is in crisis
    First published 15:18 20.07.10 | Last updated 15:18 20.07.10
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