The Perplexities of Conservative Judaism
Publication Date: September 2007
Publisher(s): Commentary, Inc.
Author(s): Jack Wertheimer
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Religious Denominations; Conservative Judaism; Jewish Law (Halacha)
Coverage: United States
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 movementÃ Â¢ 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).