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    • Yaakov Sullivan
    • 20.07.10 | 21:56 (IDT)

    But the Reform Jews do not approach Judaism from the point of the Halacha since for them the halacha is not binding. Conservative Judaism is in a diffeent category since the believe in the evolution of Halacha and any changes they make they will have to argue from a halachic framework. What we term Orthodoxy today has itself adapted the written torah in a number of famous cases of which you are surely aware, prosbul is one, and extended from that the whole question of interest. Slavery is a good question. The Torah permits it and has one set of rules in dealing with a Hebrew slave and anohter for dealing with gentile slaves? Do we advocate slavery today or say becasue the Torah permaits it it is a moral institution? What of the commandment to destroy Amalek? The rabbis got around that one. The tendency today in Orthodoxy is to be more machmir, more and more stringent and many Jews see that as a formal legalism that does not allow us to see the forest from the trees. Major changes should also be sought in laws regarding the status of non-Jews and women.

    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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