I appreciate your comments and simply wish to clarify my own. Our understanding of the meaning of law, whether it is a law we attribute to G-d at Mt. Sinai or a law we attribute to the Knesset, must be understood as mutable. What G-d commanded may be immutable, but we can never be perfect in our understanding of G-d's meaning and so our understanding evolves, must evolve, within a process to which we ascribe as authoritative. The Orthodox movement gives no recognition to the legal scholarship and opinions of the Halachic scholars of the Conservative movement whose knowledge of Torah is worthy of respect, and, frankly, I don't recognize the authority of the Chief Rabbinate to issue rulings that are binding on me, though I do recognize the authority of the Law Committee of the Rabbinic Assembly to do so. What I do understand is that both are engaged in a process of evolving understanding, the one openly, and the other not. Bob
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