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Dialogue About Halachah Is Limited

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Publication Date: January 1982

Publisher(s): Eugene Borowitz

Author(s): Charles S. Liebman

Series: Sh'ma, 13, 1982-1983.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Orthodox Judaism; Pluralism; Conservative Judaism; Jewish Law (Halacha)

Type: Brief


Responding to a paper by David Singer, the author argues that there can be no meaningful dialogue (in the sense of being willing to compromise) on the subject of halachah (Jewish law) between Conservative Jews (and members of liberal Jewish denominations in general) and Orthodox Jews, since the most basic conceptions of the nature of halachah are fundamentally and irrevocably at odds between these groups.