The Perplexities of Conservative Judaism

By Jack Wertheimer

Commentary Magazine, September 2007

Conservative Judaism, a movement situated at the center of the religious spectrum between Orthodoxy and the various versions of liberal Judaism, was in the news this past winter when its committee on Jewish law ruled on the status of homosexuality. Hot-button issues of this sort have historically proved agonizing for the movement as they have not for Orthodoxy, which has tended to side almost automatically with traditional religious laws, or for liberal denominations, which have reflexively accommodated themselves to societal change. By contrast, the underlying assumption of Conservative Judaism has been that any dissonance between shifting social mores and long-established religious laws should and can be harmonized. In Commentary Magazine, vol. 124 no. 2, pp. 38-44 (September 2007).

Topic: Halakha, Jewish Law, Masorti Judaism, Conservative Judaism, Religious Denominations

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