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The version of Kiddush Levanah printed in the Conservative movement's siddur omits the verse "כשם שאני רוקד כנגדך..." I've heard that this is because the Conservative movement believes that in an age when we can put a man on the moon, the line "ואיני יכול לנגוע בך" is no longer applicable. Is it true that this is the reason for the line's omission in the Conservative Kiddush Levanah, and if so, is there a source that backs up this historical claim?

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Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/16/… –  Isaac Moses Nov 5 '13 at 16:38

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It wouldn't surprise me.

Nefesh HaRav quotes some Orthodox rabbis who were disturbed by the phrase as it implies it's impossible to touch the moon; some wanted to simply change the phrase from "I cannot touch you" to "I am not touching you" (i.e. at this very moment). Rabbi Soloveichik felt that was the understanding of the original phrase: "just as I dance here but cannot touch you [while I am dancing here on Earth ...]"

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I really don't get what people were so excited about. When the Torah says that Torah knowledge is obtainable by saying that it's not "across the sea," is that supposed to imply that no one has ever crossed the sea? Also, people who have ever touched the moon are a minority too small to account for ("she-eino matzui"), and people who can touch it now are zero. If I had a one-millionth of a penny for every time someone said "I cannot touch X," where X is something a human has once touched, I'd be the wealthiest person ever. –  Isaac Moses Nov 5 '13 at 17:30
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@IsaacMoses I think some people will latch on to anything that even remotely smells like "science trumping religion." –  Shalom Nov 5 '13 at 17:47
    

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