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I own a book on birth control written by Rabbi David M Feldman. I was very impressed on how much bikius he has and erudition on the subject. I really cannot find any info on him,and wanted to know of he was an Orthodox or Conservitive Rabbi. From his writing I got the impression that he was orthodox,but I am not sure.

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    menachemmendel.net/blog/passing-of-rabbi-david-feldman That's him. Definitely a first-rate scholar. IIRC his Shul didn't have a Mechitza (or at least not an at all tall one) but he quit from JTS to protest something (ordaining women rabbis? something like that). His son R Daniel Z Feldman is a Rosh Yeshiva at YU. Incidentally, I believe he's a Rabbi Dr.
    – Double AA
    Dec 30, 2015 at 2:35
  • thanks for info,so is it safe to assume that he was orthodox? was he similiar to Saul Liberman ?
    – sam
    Dec 30, 2015 at 2:55
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    I believe that Rabbi Saul Lieberman specifically had a mechitza when he prayed.
    – sam
    Dec 30, 2015 at 3:07
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    @sabbahillel I think the discussion of whether he was "Orthodox" or "Conservative" isn't worthwhile or productive here as it dismisses any nuance that may exist between them. If you want to say his mechitza was too short so we should dismiss everything he wrote as Conservative nonsense, you'd be doing yourself a great disservice. Things aren't always black and white.
    – Double AA
    Dec 30, 2015 at 3:12
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    @ShmuelBrin Not definitely. RMF is writing polemic. In some ways I can imagine preferring someone who is open about his identity instead of pretending they are still Orthodox.
    – Double AA
    Dec 30, 2015 at 14:51

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This article says Rabbi Dr. David M. Feldman was a leader of the Conservative movement's traditional faction.

The JCT maintained itself as an ultra-traditional synagogue under both Rabbi Washer's leadership and that of his successor, Rabbi Dr. David M. Feldman. Though ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary and a leader of the Conservative movement's traditional faction, Rabbi Feldman also holds an Orthodox ordination. As Teaneck developed into a growing Orthodox community and children moving elsewhere the JCT's once robust membership of nearly 1,500 families began to dwindle. Its model of conservative Judaism no longer had an audience.

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  • At this point, I believe it's spelled Traditional, with a capital "T." Rabbi Aaron Soloveichik was quick to correct someone who referred to a Traditional synagogue as Conservative.
    – Shalom
    Dec 30, 2015 at 12:23
  • I simply copied & pasted. (Twice). Never heard of this person and am unfamiliar with nuances of non-Orthodox Yiddishkeit. Dec 30, 2015 at 15:16
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This article states that he received his rabbinical ordination (semicha) from Yeshiva University. Most who do this are Orthodox, but it is not a 100% guarantee. The article does not offer any details either way.

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  • Interesting. Other articles state his undergraduate degree was from YU and that he received ordination at the Conservative JTS, where one of his close teachers was Rabbi Saul Lieberman.
    – Fred
    Dec 30, 2015 at 7:05
  • @Fred Several rabbis received double semicha. The rabbi of my shul has semicha from both JTS and YU, if I'm correct. I don't know how common this is, but it's not unusual, either. It seems these people do this for political purposes and career advancement. My rabbi is Orthodox but the congregation is Conservative / traditional (meaning that other than lacking a mechitza and using a Tzomet microphone on Shabbat (which is permissible according to some opinions), is similar to Orthodox.
    – DanF
    Dec 30, 2015 at 14:03
  • Interesting. I know that it was very common back in the 50's and 60's for Orthodox-affiliated synagogues to be more or less like that (usually to the chagrin of their rabbi, though).
    – Fred
    Dec 31, 2015 at 8:41
  • @Fred "(usually to the chagrin of their rabbi, though)" - Congregational rabbis, inevitably, are "slaves" to the board members that decide on their salaries.
    – DanF
    Dec 31, 2015 at 15:34

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