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Is anyone against the rational teachings of Maimonides?

Yes, several subsequent Jewish authorities criticized Maimonides, either for his general approach or for specific statements. A few examples: Nachmanides in his commentary to Genesis 18:1 criticizes ...
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Converting Conservative Online

Such a conversion would not be accepted in the Conservative movement. A site offering an online-only Conservative conversion is at best extremely misguided, and possibly a scam. For starters, ...
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How do members of a given denomination understand what happens on events from other denominations?

I think Rabbi Kaii has provided this an excellent answer. He has given the broad strokes, and I would emphasize that the experience of many Orthodox Jews would be that they would feel "at home&...
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Is anyone against the rational teachings of Maimonides?

See Rabbi Samson Refael Hirsch, in his Nineteen Letters, letter 18. He criticizes the rational approach of Maimonides, but without mentioning him by name: he sought to reconcile Judaism with the ...
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What are Orthodox arguments against Conservative Judaism?

One of the consistent promoters of Torah/Orthodox Judaism is Rabbi Avi Shafran. Already in his first book, "Jewthink" published in 1977 he laid out very clearly the Orthodox perspective that ...
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How do members of a given denomination understand what happens on events from other denominations?

Yes and no. Within traditional denominations (ones that preserve the tradition without modification), there is a near universal phenomena of mutual understanding. A sefardi orthodox jew can pray in an ...
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Is there a correct place for the bima

A story involving R. Shmuel Salant, R. Seligmann Baer Bamberger, and R. Yosef Carlebach is relevant to the history of the placement, the reason for the placement its connections to Reform, and the ...
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What's the Conservative-level interpretation of mikveh requirements for a convert?

The Conservative movement requires immersion in a kosher mikvah, circumcision (for male converts), and evaluation by a beit din (a court of three). Immersion and circumcision require at least two ...
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Is there an authoritative source on the similarities and differences of the denominations?

The Economist had a good report on Judaism and the Jews - alive and well. They used the following illustration to describe some key denominations of Judaism.
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Is Reform conversion recognized by the Conservative movement?

See this teshuvah by R. David Novak, adopted by the Rabbinical Assembly in 1982. To quote from its conclusion (emphases mine): I find no cogent basis in halakhah for accepting, even ex post facto, ...
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Kiruv and outreach arguments

From my personal experience, discussion with others and much reading, I find that the crucial turning point is when a Jew realizes that "Torah is actually and entirely true", i.e., it comes ...
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Tanakh reading on iPad on Shabbat

Does Conservative Judaism allow reading Tanakh/Torah on an iPad during Shabbat? In "The Use Of Electrical And Electronic Devices On Shabbat" (p.48), Rabbi Daniel S. Nevins explains: ...
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Is anyone against the rational teachings of Maimonides?

Rabbi Yaakov Emden was so incensed by what was written in the Moreh Nevuchim that he refused to believe the Rambam wrote it. He says anyone who claims Rambam wrote it is a liar. In particular he ...
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Why do many non-Orthodox Jews come to shul regularly only after a parent's death?

This answer is solely based on my own personal experience with no Halachic references available. When my sister died I took it very hard. Closure seemed impossible, because of a tangled web of ...
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Halachic Hair Cut

Based on my experience, the general stance on Lev. 19:27 ("you shall not round the corners of your heads") in Conservative communities is that it's not observed, and left to the individual ...
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Is there a correct place for the bima

http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1414652/jewish/Why-Is-the-Torah-Podium-in-the-Center-of-the-Synagogue.htm Rambam: So people can hear kriyas hatorah Chasam Sofer: it's like the mizbeach ...
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Reason for the Conservative driving teshuva?

According to my uncle, who is a Conservative rabbi, the psak was issued for a few reasons. It should be noted that he does not like it, although were he to attempt to pasken that his schul not hold ...
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Do Conservative boys give a d'var Torah on or after their bar Mitzvah?

I am unaware of any "formal halacha" that requires this. As a matter of fact, halachically, absolutely no party whatsoever is required for a Bar Mitzvah. It has been a long-time custom to make some ...
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What's the Conservative-level interpretation of mikveh requirements for a convert?

Rabbi Dr. Professor Louis Ginzberg (foremost Conservative posek of his time) wrote the following as part of a responsum to Dr. Birnbaum: There is very little to add to the method of conversion to ...
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Is there an authoritative source on the similarities and differences of the denominations?

This is a tough question to answer since there are many grey areas ,but I found this chart on this website(http://orthodoxjudaismlou.blogspot.com/2012/02/orthodox-vs-other-branches.html?m=1) and it ...
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Why do conservative Jews wear a tallit like a shawl?

As pointed out by user Josh K in the comments, this is the way many communities in Western Europe don the tallit. Since the Reform Movement was born out of Germany in the late 19th Century, they ...
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How does the Torah reading cycle work in Reform and Conservative communities?

While I do not love this system, I am familiar with it. Most of the weekly parshas are divided into three roughly equal sections. A few special ones (Haazinu comes to mind) are not divided and ...
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How does the Torah reading cycle work in Reform and Conservative communities?

https://www.hebcal.com/sedrot/ Scroll down to terrenial. You can download the text file and see how it works.
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Is anyone against the rational teachings of Maimonides?

The sages Rashi and Nachmanides, come to mind. For example, while Rashi felt that we knew why G-d created the world, Rambam felt this was impossible to know. Rashi also believed in the existence of ...
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Can one sign as a witness on a Conservative/ Reform Ketubah?

הוכח תוכיח את עמיתך, rebuking a person who is doing a sin. [Vayikra 19:17] "You shall surely rebuke your fellow, but you shall not bear a sin on his account." [See Rambam (Sefer Hamitzvos, Assei, ...
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Reason for the Conservative driving teshuva?

As a historian, Rabbi Rakeffet has an mp3 about it where he says that Joe Average Conservative Jew was already living pretty far from the synagogue and driving when the responsum was written.
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