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Tanakh reading on iPad on Shabbat

As I understand, Modern Orthodox Judaism forbids reading Tanakh from iPad/Kindle on Shabbat. Does Conservative Judaism allow reading Tanakh/Torah on an iPad during Shabbat?
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Has the majority of Jews followed the decrees of the sages by the 7th century? [closed]

Can we say that the majority of Jews followed the decrees of the sages by the 7th century? Maybe earlier? Any proofs?
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Is Reform conversion recognized by the Conservative movement?

Are people who have converted to Reform Judaism recognized as Jews by the Conservative movement?
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Why do conservative Jews wear a tallit like a shawl? [duplicate]

I have had the opportunity to pray with conservative men several times both in orthodox and conservative synagogues. Inevitably the conservative men I prayed with wore their tallit like a shawl unlike ...
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Is anyone against the rational teachings of Maimonides?

I am new to Judaism and am intrigued by Maimonides and his teachings but I do not know the opinions of this particular teacher - a man of such vigor and influence - by the many different congregations ...
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Is there an authoritative source on the similarities and differences of the denominations? [closed]

Background After asking a similar question on Christianity.SE, I was curious about the equivalent phenomenon in Judaism. Question Is there a chart, or graph, or other resource that accurately ...
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Why are women not allowed to read from the Torah in conservative Judaism? [duplicate]

I'm not Jewish myself, but my wife is and per my understanding of Jewish tradition, this means our children are as well. My wife's preference is for either Reconstructionist or Reform denomination ...
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Considerations for an Orthodox to teach in Reform/Conservative school

There is a question for an Orthodox Jew to teach Torah in a Reform or Conservative school. What are the two sides of the question? Does Rav Moshe Feinstein or other poskim in print address it?
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Can one sign as a witness on a Conservative/ Reform Ketubah?

Was at a Conservative friend's house the other day, and noticed the Ketubah from their wedding on their wall. I went to look at it and saw 4 witnesses had signed it: 2 men & 2 women. If an ...
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What's the Conservative-level interpretation of mikveh requirements for a convert?

If a person wants to convert to Conservative Judaism, let's say the child of a Jewish father and gentile mother, what are the actual requirements in terms of going to a Mikveh? My current ...
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Halachic Hair Cut

I have a question in regards with cutting hair specifically in Conservative Judaism. Where cannot be shaved by a razor and where do sideburns have to reach up to. If someone could just give me the ...
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Does the Conservative Movement uphold restrictions on marriage for Kohanim?

Does the Conservative Movement restrict kohanim from marrying divorcées and converts according to halakha? I have never heard of this coming up for Conservative Jews and most Conservative Jews that I ...
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Davening in Open Orthodox Shul

Although there may be a wide range of Open Orthodox shuls, may one daven in an Open Orthodox shul if a woman leads as the chazan for shacharis or ba'al koreh? Would such an Open Orthodox shul have the ...
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Is the Magen Tzedek for workers' living conditions?

Recently I chanced across websites that describe the pitiful living conditions of (largely migrant) agricultural workers in various countries worldwide (e.g., China, Africa, Europe, Asia, North ...
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What's the origin of the Conservative recititive?

I've noticed that people who learned to daven in the Conservative movement have a particular recititive which they use for weekday nusach and another for Shabbat nusach (this is among those who ...
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Converting Conservative Online

There seems to be plenty of websites that offer online conversion to Conservative Judaism. Are these real? Has anyone done this? Is it a scam?
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Reason for the Conservative driving teshuva?

When it was enacted, was the Conservative Movement's driving teshuva (the one that allowed driving to and from shul on Shabbat) designed for people who had already moved to the suburbs, far from ...
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Is there a correct place for the bima

Some Shuls have the bima in the center and some in the front. Is there any reason for either one? is one better then the other? I heard that R' Menachem Mendel Schneerson, z"l said not to put it in ...
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Conservative procedures for avoiding intermarriage?

Conservative rabbis are prohibited from performing intermarriages (e.g., http://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/sites/default/files/public/ethical_guidelines/Code%20of%20conduct-2011-public.pdf). Is ...
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Why do many non-Orthodox Jews come to shul regularly only after a parent's death? [closed]

I attend a Conservative / traditional shul. Primarily because of neighborhood demographics (the neighborhood is now largely Orthodox), we have tremendous problems forming a daily minyan. It seems that ...
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How should an Orthodox Jew respond to questioning by Conservative/Reform Jews?

If a Conservative, Reform or Reconstructionist Jew asks an Orthodox Jew, "What is the difference between Conservative, Reform or Reconstructionist and Orthodox Judaism? Who says that Orthodox Judaism ...
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What are Orthodox arguments against Conservative Judaism?

What are arguments that Orthodox Jews have published (not on Mi Yodeya) that Conservative Judaism is an invalid form of Judaism? Have any Orthodox authors written articles or books that made such ...
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Should a non-Orthodox Jew wear tzitzit or not?

It seems obvious to me that in general it’s better to keep more mitzvot rather than fewer, but wearing tzitzit seems like a special case. I’ve asked rabbis in my community about this, but I want to ...
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May Conversative man "up-convert" to marry Orthodox girl?

I'm writing a story where a young man raised in a devout Conservative family risks suicidal odds to rescue an Orthodox girl who fell onto the subway tracks hurting her ankle, who is about to be ...
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Are non-Orthodox marriages recognized by Orthodox rabbis?

Let's suppose a couple was married by a Reform rabbi in a standard reform ceremony (with egalitarian ketubah, and many other modifications to traditional kiddushin). If the couple later become baalei ...
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What are the respective philosophical perspectives of Saul Lieberman and Jacob Neusner? [closed]

What are the respective philosophical and methodological perspectives of Saul Lieberman and Jacob Neusner which underly their very different Talmudic interpretation and opus?
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How does the Conservative Movement address issues with women leading davening?

The Conservative movement started to allow women to count in a minyan in 1973 without publishing a halachic justification. In 2002, Rabbi David Fine published a teshuva on the issues of women counting ...
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What's the deal with female Rabbis?

1) Is there a concrete halachic (Biblical?Rabbinic?) basis for women not being permitted to become Rabbis? 2) After 2000+ years, what changed so the JTS's Commission in 1979 decided that they can? ...
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Conservative / Nusach Sfard

Are there any Conservative synagogues that daven Nusach Sfard?
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