How Orthodox is Open-Orthodoxy?

Hava Amina

By: Gabriel Goldstein

Three days into his attendance at the Reform Rabbinical Conference at Frankfurt in 1845, Rabbi Zecharias Frankel found himself disturbed by the newly conceived Reform movement’s willingness to depart from the past, to carry progress to the limit, and to reject religious practices in order to return to merely the simple, original ideas and values of Judaism[1]. Though “the innermost core” of his life was the “preservation of Judaism,” he refused to lend his efforts to a movement that took such a radical approach to reformation — even if that seemed to offer the best way to maintain the Jewish tradition[1]. Still determined to solve the crisis that was the decreasing affiliation and Halachic practice of European Jewry, Frankel sought a middle ground between the radical Reform movement and, what he believed to be, the stagnant Orthodox movement. And thus, Conservative Judaism was born. Frankel envisioned a…

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