Friday, September 09, 2005

On acid....tests

In DovBear's Orthodox Acid Test many suggestions are made to define the question that could determine if one is an Orthodox Jew. This invariably led to the observation that the boundaries between Orthdoox and Conservative are sometimes imprecise at the left-wing and right-wing edges respectively. I offered up that some such Jews say that the only real dividing line is mixed tefillah.

Reb Yudel says its this:

There's a very clear line. It's Rosh Hashanah, you don't have a shofar, and the only shul in town is three miles away and a member of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and doesn't have a mechitza.

If you walk to shul to hear the shofar, you're Conservative.

If you stay at home, you're Orthodox.

Man's got a point.

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