Is there a good reference that gives major differences between the practices of Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform Judaism?

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    In the last couple of years, the differences between Reform and Conservative Judaism has blurred. A big reason for that was when the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative movement voted to not only permit gay marriages, but to justify it by saying that the Torah laws are not Divine. That is a major change for the movement which used to hold that, at least, the laws in the Written Torah were from G-d and should be observed, but that the rabbinic laws were fair game to be revised. Now it appears that any change in Torah law is fair game to tehm, also. May 27, 2014 at 17:37
  • More specific: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/135944
    – msh210
    Jul 15, 2023 at 20:01

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Is this what you are looking for?

  • link no longer works (due to restructuring of wikipedia page?), is this the information you were getting at?: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    – Menachem
    Aug 8, 2012 at 20:53
  • @Menachem I think I found what he was referring to. (Not that I condone Wikipedia links as answers.)
    – Double AA
    Aug 13, 2012 at 15:31
  • @DoubleAA, I don't condone WP (or other) links as answers when the question asks for a substantive answer. Here, the question asks for a reference, and that's precisely what the answer provides.
    – msh210
    May 27, 2014 at 22:53

I don't know of one specific book or article, but reading these 4 articles would probably give you a good feel for the major religious differences.

  1. http://judaism.about.com/od/denominationsofjudaism/p/branches.htm
  2. http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/conservatives.html
  3. http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/reform_practices.html
  4. http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/Orthodox.html


this is what you are looking for most likely

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