Friday, July 01, 2005

Defending Both Sides from the Middle: Western Jew GoldaLeah debates both DovBear & a local Reform Jew

See GoldaLeah's Tuesday, June 28, 2005 post here:

She's having quite a time of it trying to present a defense of her haskafah (viewpoint, approach) to both Orthodox Jews such as DovBear and Reform Jews from her own community.

Discussing the unusual Orthodox synagogue, Shira Chadasha:

"DB: I think that a married woman, and her children, are represented at tefillah by their husband/father.

Me: That's not much of an incentive to get married. When you're single, you get aliyot and full participation, but when you get married you get subsumed into the man and he performs for you? Yuck. Sounds like "Fiddler on the Roof" Judaism to me -- straight out of 1905."

I strongly recommend that you follow her link to DovBear's Monday, June 27, 2005 post, "Blogging Shira Chadasha I." That, too, is well worth a read.

"DB: There's something, I don't know, inauthentic, imho, about choosing leyning and not taharat mishpacha. It's feel good Judaism. Not a position that's intellectually satisfying. "

Now that's something for me to think about: Is the Judaism that I practice "feel-good Judaism"?


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