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Is there such a thing as "too Orthodox"?

The Rema writes in the first Halacha of Shulchan Aruch (Partial Quote) וְלֹא יִתְבַּיֵּשׁ מִפְּנֵי בְּנֵי אָדָם הַמַּלְעִיגִים עָלָיו בַּעֲבוֹדַת ה' יִתְבָּרַךְ גַּם בְּהֶצְנֵעַ לֶכֶת. And ...
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Is there such a thing as "too Orthodox"?

There is not such a thing as "too orthodox", no. There can be such a thing as "too pushy" when people are too direct in trying to change others, but that's not the situation you've described. Never ...
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What are Orthodox arguments against Conservative Judaism?

I'm going to paint this in overly broad strokes, but here goes: Theologically, the official stance of the Conservative movement is that the Torah was "inspired by God, but written by man." Orthodox ...
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What do I do if I do not have nice clothes to wear when visiting an Orthodox synagogue?

You are a very responsible and respectful person for inquiring about whether wearing your current clothes would be disrespectful or not to the synagogue. I really have to hand it to you, not everyone ...
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Is there such a thing as "too Orthodox"?

You might be a source of inspiration for others that want to be more observant. Keep going.
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Can a person still be an Orthodox Jew and believe that the Torah contains narratives that are not scientifically correct?

The Rambam believed that the Torah is not intended to be history or science, but ethical teachings: Those passages in the Bible, which, in their literal sense, contain statements that can be ...
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Does Orthodox Judaism Recognize Reform Conversions?

The issue here is essentially one of lowest common denominator. A conversion will only be accepted by Group X if they think that Group Y, who oversaw the conversion, did so appropriately and ...
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What does it mean to qualify Judaism with the term "Orthodox"?

Before I define the label "Orthodox", I want to spell out what kind of entity is being labeled. The Enlightenment and the fall of the ghetto walls created a religious crisis for Ashkenazic ...
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May Conversative man "up-convert" to marry Orthodox girl?

1 - Conservative and Mamzerut are two separate issues. If the boy is Jewish (his mother is Jewish) then he does not need to convert. He would be considered a Baal Teshuva, one who has repented. He ...
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How should an Orthodox Jew respond to questioning by Conservative/Reform Jews?

When I was shopping for a synagogue and a rabbi I was pretty methodical about it. I didn't want to judge just based on what I'd heard people say about different communities. After I'd visited a ...
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What siddur do Open Orthodox people use?

Many of the people who daven at the Hillel Minyan at Northwestern University (where I davened in college) associate with the Open Orthodox movement. Most of them daven with the Koren Sacks siddur. ...
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Is there such a thing as "too Orthodox"?

The word "Orthodox" is ambiguous. Technically, it is a sociological grouping. Because in practice, that group is of people trying to observe classical notions of halakhah, we think of "Orthodox" as ...
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Who authored the Tanach?

According to the Talmud (Bava Basra 14b-15a), the authors were the following (order based on the Gemara there): Torah (Pentateuch) - Moshe (Perhaps Yehoshua wrote the last 8 Pesukim) Yehoshua (Joshua)...
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Can a person still be an Orthodox Jew and believe that the Torah contains narratives that are not scientifically correct?

The Torah, the Talmud and Chazal do not use the artificial label "Orthodox" or recognize subcategories of Judaism, it is just one religion. And you remain as Jewish as the rest of us even if you ...
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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 Can One Know If A Synagogue is Orthodox or Modern Orthodox?

The question mistakenly assumes that every Orthodox synagogue is either Modern Orthodox or not. This is not the case. The MO and charedim mix to a large extent. There are shuls with a charedi rabbi ...
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Why does Orthodox Judaism not believe in the New Testament?

Jews do not believe there's anything special about the Christian scriptures because they make claims counter to torah (like that God would abandon the covenant he made with Jews and impose new ...
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Are Orthodox Jews opposed to women singing in public, particularly if the woman is singing to a fussy baby in an attempt to soothe it?

The Parameters of Kol Isha by Rabbi Howard Jachter addresses this. See the full article for the details, but here are some excerpts: The Gemara (Berachot 24a) states, “The voice of a woman is ...
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Conversion to Orthodox Judaism

Depends what you mean by "true". For millennia, Judaism believed roughly in the same things as what we now call Orthodox Judaism, and abided by roughly the same rules. So in that sense, yes, Orthodox ...
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Is the Book of Enoch part of Judaism?

3 Enoch is known in Jewish tradition under the name Sefer Hekhaloth. It is part of a wider body of texts known as Hekhaloth literature. This book is now considered one of the primary texts of kabbalah ...
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Is Tanach Simanim reliable from an Orthodox point of view?

The Tanakh Simanim is based for the most part on the Aleppo Codex, and where this version is lacking, on the Leningrad Codex. (see footnote 9 here). As such it is an authoritative version that you can ...
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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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Why does Orthodox Judaism not believe in the New Testament?

There are multiple reasons, far too many to explain in a simple answer. It mostly has to do with various new-testament proofs, that are either not proofs, or were not prophesized to be proofs. There ...
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What happens at an Orthodox Bat Mitzvah?

Generally, Orthodox families do not make a huge fuss with Bnot Mitzvah ("B'not being the plural of "Bat") - at least not on the same level as a Bar Mitzvah. That means, that there is usually no ...
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Does being married by an Orthodox rabbi afford certain privileges in today's world?

One big one that I know of and have experienced is that when assessing if the children of this marriage are Jewish later in life, many times the parents' Kesuba will be taken as important evidence of ...
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What does it mean to qualify Judaism with the term "Orthodox"?

I have used the word "Orthodox" and "Observant" in my questions, so perhaps I can answer, but I can only speak for myself, not anyone else on the site or for the site. You should note 1) I just ...
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What do Orthodox communities do for profoundly-disabled 13-year-olds (bar mitzvah or similar)?

I am a charadi yid living in NYC. I can describe what I did for my severely disabled (non verbal, non mobile, blind) son. [He had a stroke as a result of side effect to a medication at 2.5 years]. On ...
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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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Are there Orthodox Jews who do not consider the Zohar’s validity?

Rabbi Yiḥyah Qafiḥ, his grandson, Rabbi Yossef Qafiḥ. From wikipedia: The work for which Rabbi Qafiḥ is most well known is Milḥamot HaShem (Wars of the Lord, which takes the same name as earlier ...
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Does being married by an Orthodox rabbi afford certain privileges in today's world?

Documentation of marriage by an Orthodox rabbi will generally be useful to prove that you are Jewish and married, e.g. if you move to Israel. Required? No. But it can make the paperwork process easier....
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