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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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Orthodox recognition of Reform bar mitzvah

Becoming bar or bat mitzvah simply means that one has achieved the age of majority as recognized in Jewish law. This means that one can fully participate in communal life (being capable of exempting ...
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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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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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"Reverend" as title for a Rabbi?

I believe the volume you're looking at is Pentateuch with Rashi's Commentary Translated into English, by Rev. Morris Rosenbaum and Dr. Abraham Silbermann. According to the Wikipedia article linked ...
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Do Reform Jews believe in a theistic God?

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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Questions about Conversion to Reform Judaism

Quick Note: I am a Jew of Orthodox affiliation. I will try to steer clear of stating my own thoughts, ideas, etc. I will, however, tell you where Orthodox and Reform Judaism diverge on various issues. ...
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Do Reform Jews believe in a theistic God?

As in any group of Jews, there is variation in what people believe. The blog posts (which are not official positions of the Reform movement) bear this out, as do the survey results you reported. The ...
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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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Did Reform add anything new vis-a-vis responsa?

Reform Judaism has responsa which are intended to address practical issues within the framework of Reform Judaism. (As noted by JoshK in comment.) As for something “new”, one example is the question ...
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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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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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How to create a Seder to accommodate a large age/education range?

I've found that I get the most engagement at a "mixed levels of religious interest" seder when there are lots of questions. Less-engaged people don't necessarily want to hear prepared divrei torah, ...
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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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Does this prayer "Lord we thank you for your gift of hope" that a British Reform synagogue does on Shabbat morning, exist in Orthodox Siddurim?

The prayer seems to have been authored by Reform Rabbis Lionel Blue and Jonathan Magonet and first appeared in the prayer book they edited, "Forms of Prayer for Jewish Worship, Vol. 1, Shabbat ...
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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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Questions about Conversion to Reform Judaism

This is a broad group of questions. Please permit me a focused answer. By the time you read to the end, I hope you will understand why I think there's no need to address each part individually. You ...
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Origin of Reform/Conservative "scarf" talleisim

The way most Reform Jews wear the tallit is as a shawl, with the four forward edges being supported by the neck. But this is not a rule, the only thing that can be said about the way to use tallit in ...
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Does Reform Judaism recognize children of Jewish father as Jews?

In 1983 the CCAR ruled that a person with only a Jewish father could be considered Jewish and be entitled to all the rights thereof provided that such a person was raised with an exclusive Jewish ...
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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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Where can I find polemics between Reform and Orthodoxy?

There is an interesting sefer called אלה דברי הברית which talks about all the bans and halachos which came about due to the Reform movement . It includes letters from the Chasam Sofer ,Reb Akiva Eiger ...
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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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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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Orthodox recognition of Reform bar mitzvah

A bar mitzvah is just a party. It doesn't cause someone to be Jewish or obligated in mitzvahs. There is nothing to recognize. A Bar Mitzvah party is, by some authorities, a seudat mitzvah,but I don't ...
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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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What siddur is used by Reform communities in Israel?

I found that there are actually Israeli Reform siddurim. The Israeli Reform Movement puts out two siddurim, an older version called העבודה שבלב and a more recent publication, סידור תפילת האדם.
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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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Birkat Hamazon: Chaverai vs Rabotai

The word chaveirai was introduced by early religious Zionists who had been introduced to communism and we're trying to integrate communism with Judiasm. Chaveirai was the Hebrew way of saying "...
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