I heard anecdotally that the early JTS president Solomon Schechter was not, but I have been unable to find a citation either way on this claim.

Schechter was allegedly one of the most accomplished Jewish academic scholars and had enormous influence on the development of American Judaism, for better or worse. Consequently, knowing whether he was shomer shabbos has large implications for how we view JTS and Conservative Judaism as sociological movements at the beginning of the 20th century. Further, the answer to this question has possible implications on how we view contemporary halachic innovation movements such as YCT.

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    You might want to explain what this has to do with Judaism. As it stands this question is about a particular Jew, which is not on topic.
    – user6591
    Feb 29, 2016 at 1:53
  • @user6591 Hmmm... well this was left open judaism.stackexchange.com/q/66747/759 Perhaps they should both be closed
    – Double AA
    Feb 29, 2016 at 2:04
  • True. I've asked a question like this myself. Iirc you had a long discussion with someone about which of these types of questions get closed or not. I didn't vote to close, just offering advise to make the question somewhat more on topic and interesting to people.
    – user6591
    Feb 29, 2016 at 2:06
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    AFAICT, a question that's about an individual (or anything else) is not off-topic if it's also about Judaism, and this is about sh'miras Shabas, so about Judaism. That said, I really don't think we should have billions of questions asking whether each person who's ever lived was shomer Shabas, so don't think we should have this question absent some explanation in it of why it's a Judaism-ly interesting question.
    – msh210
    Feb 29, 2016 at 7:21
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    @msh210, your argument puts this question into a similar class with questions that ask nothing more than "Does Judaism say anything about <some random statement>?" As such, it's not off-topic, as written, but is unclear, so I'm voting to close it as such. The question about R' David M. Feldman, on the other hand, supplies Judaism-oriented motivation, so it does not have the same flaw.
    – Isaac Moses
    Feb 29, 2016 at 14:50


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