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Conservative Judaism

Conservative Judaism. A progressive movement within mainstream Judaism. Conservative (originally ‘Historical’) Jews acknowledge that certain changes in the Jewish way of life are inevitable since the Enlightenment, but that the traditional forms of Judaism are valid; thus changes in religious practice should only be made with great reluctance. The movement arose in both Europe and the USA in the late 19th cent. Its Jewish Theological Seminary has become an institution of great academic eminence over the years. None the less, the Conservative movement's rulings on divorce, the ordination of women, the celebration of the second day of festivals, and conversion have not been accepted by the Orthodox.

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