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Why does the Reform Siddur cut out most of Krias Shema?

Rabbi Richard Sarason, a faculty member at Hebrew Union College (the Reform seminary), talks about the history of these passages in an article about the newest siddur, Mishkan T'filah. He writes (...
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what percentage of Reform Jews are halachically Jewish?

Non-halachic Reform Jews are those whose mother was not Jewish, yet they consider themselves Jewish because of either a heterodox conversion or patrilineal descent. We can mostly figure out the ...
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The Orthodox approach to R. Benamozegh's theology?

While R. Elijah Benamozegh was apparently somewhat controversial in his day, he is hardly a "unquotable" figure: R. David Zvi Hoffmann and R. Mendel Kasher quote him in their work repeatedly,...
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What is the position of each of these Non-Orthodox groups regarding the Oral Torah presented by Orthodox Judaism?

I'd like to preface by saying I believe that the positions (1-5) laid out are a little overly simplistic and don't necessarily capture the minutia of these groups, and what we know about them. I have ...
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What exactly is the Mussar movement and how does it differ from mainstream Judaism?

The musar movement is mostly associated with Rabbi Yisra'el Salanter and his students. There is a lot that could be said about it, but I will write mostly about the more controversial aspects and ...
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What sources did people use to support Shabbtai Tsvi's messianism after he died?

The main argument of the Shebbatai's disciples was that his apostasy, his conversion to islam, as well his death was supposed to happen. His Apostasy Sabbatai‘s followers were instructed to reject ...
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What will happen to secular unafilliated Jews in the time of Mashiach?

According to Maimonides, who is the only major Halachic commentator to rule on these matters, the Moshiach (the Messiah) will teach all people and encourage them to serve G-d. They will be inspired by ...
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Are the Conservatives and all who practice it considered non-Jews in the eyes of Orthodoxy

This is totally incorrect. Even if a Jew sins sufficiently to merit being punished with karet, he is still a Jew. An example would be those who succumbed to the Spanish in 1492 and converted to ...
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What is the Reform view of the origin of the Torah?

The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) is the Reform Rabbinic leadership organization. They came up with a number of "platforms" that are "documents capturing the state of Reform Jewish ...
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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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Jewish Renewal and patrilineality

It's a bit difficult to say because Jewish Renewal isn't organized as one coherent group, so decisions are typically left to individual congregations and Rabbis as the Half-Jewish Network states: The ...
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Obligation of rebuke with non halachic converts

It seems to me that you have no obligation to rebuke someone for behaving as a Jew despite your understanding that they are not Jewish. The commandment you cite is entitled by the Sefer Hachinuch (#...
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How observant were Jews throughout most of history?

I'm not sure there's evidence for widespread secularism among past Jewish communities, unless one would count Hellenistic Jews as secular, but there is quite a bit of evidence for ranges of observance ...
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Sadducees and Karaites - same beliefs?

Well, it depends who you ask. Rabbi Avraham de Cologna wrote a kuntress about Karaites, called "Kara Ha'gever". In it, he explains about the history and beliefs of the Karaites. According to ...
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Source for story about the Maskilim's play mocking what the "orchei hamilchama" would look like according to chazal

This story is brought in the biography of R' Baruch Ber (pg. 130-131) by Rabbi Yitzchak Edelstein whose father was a student of R' Baruch Ber. He himself knew R' Baruch Ber when he was young and also ...
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Source for story about the Maskilim's play mocking what the "orchei hamilchama" would look like according to chazal

This is not really a good answer as this isn't an actual non "story" source (as requested by the question), but I'm putting this down as the text below seems to be shared in a number of places, ...
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What will happen to secular unafilliated Jews in the time of Mashiach?

Welcome to Mi Yodeya. Your question is a good one and something that everyone, including every Jew should be thinking about. In fact, it is meritorious to have the subject of Moshiach and his ...
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What is the Reform view of the origin of the Torah?

To me, I don't think you can really quantify "Reform Jewish theology". It's really dependent on the individual Reform Jew. Unlike in traditional Judaism, there really isn't a "creed" per se (I'm ...
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How does Reform Judaism regard converts who leave Judaism?

Finally, I decided to send in the question on the Q&A section in ReformJudaism.org. Here is the response I received from Reform Rabbi Julie Zupan: A person’s conversion is permanent, unless there’...
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Where can I find polemics between Reform and Orthodoxy?

Here's an amazing book on the topic: One People, Two Worlds: A Reform Rabbi and an Orthodox Rabbi Explore the Issues That Divide Them For a non-lechatchila answer.
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The 'No True Scotsman' Fallacy and Judaism

This is a totally different question from the "no true Scotsman" fallacy. That fallacy is a way for members of a group to disassociate themselves from other members of a group who claim to ...
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The 'No True Scotsman' Fallacy and Judaism

Orthodox Judaism and being a true Scotsman aren’t analogous. The latter is a cultural situation that no one can really determine. There are no “Scotsman principles” that all Scotsman claim to follow. ...
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Looking for a compilation of heresies

You can see a list of sources relating to heresy that Sefaria has compiled here: https://www.sefaria.org/topics/heresy?tab=sources
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Usage of honorifics for non-Orthodox authorities

In numerous responsa, Rav Moshe Feinstein refers to non-Orthodox clergy as "ראבייס" or in plural "ראבייס", transliterating the English words "Rabbi" and "Rabbis"...
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What exactly is the Mussar movement and how does it differ from mainstream Judaism?

Speaking as someone who works to revive ideas from the Mussar Movement... (My credentials in this regard : I teach for The Mussar Institute, whose target audience is primarily spiritually seeking non-...
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What will happen to secular unafilliated Jews in the time of Mashiach?

Nobody knows exactly until it happens, see Rambam end of Melachim (cited above). Don't believe anyone who says he knows, it is all just speculations. Keep in mind that the "time of Moshiach" is a very ...
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Can a secular Jew drink non mevushal wine that he touched?

I asked this very question to Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz, shlita, with regard to someone on their way to becoming frum but who isn’t yet keeping Shabbos. He said it would be permissible for him (but ...
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What happened to the Eirev Rav upon entering Israel?

In the writings of the Ari, the souls of the Erev Rav reincarnate in every generation (in the leaders) as does the soul of Moshe, who comes to prevent them from derailing the Jewish people and to ...
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How does Orthodox Judaism view the Book of Jubillees

Here's Aryeh Kaplan's entry to the book of Jubilees in the bibliography in the back of "The Living Torah": He claims that while the book is sometimes at odds with halacha, it is evident that the ...
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requirement for Chabad shluchim to be married?

There's several types of Shlichus Merkoz Shlichus. This is temporary shlichus. Often Bochurim in small groups, often 2 people, travel around to areas temporarily. They'll visit the Jewish homes in ...
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