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Wednesday, September 03, 2003
Moving from one "stream" ("branch") of Judaism to another....
got a question
is it possible to "switch gears" in Judaism? I mean, if you're Reform, to go to Conservative, or Conservative to Reconstructionist, etc?
If the person who is Reform or Conservative was born to a woman who was originally not Jewish and she did not have an Orthodox conversion, or a Non Jew who has converted to Reform or Conservatism will NOT be accepted as Jewish at all by the Orthodox. The Orthodox maintain the strictest standards. Some say, the only standards, since the other streams do pretty muCh as they please...such as the Reform have recognized "Patrilineal Descent" meaning if your father is Jewish and your mom is not, it is enough to make you Jewish, whereas the Orthodox AND the Conservatives would require you to convert to Judaism according to Jewish Law-Halacha if only your father is Jewish.
I suppose that isn't so complicated
Otherwise, a Jew can move from any group to any group, of course members of the group he or she leaves are not happy, and the groups that he/she join usually welcome all comers from all the groups
well, cool then, thanks
You're welcome surely
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