Saturday, February 26, 2005

The rise and fall of a Conservative BT - part 1

A little life story about where I came from, and why I'm heading to wherever I'm going to end up.

About 15 years ago, I started thinking about becoming a Conservative Ba'al Teshuva. Yes, indeed, the C's have them. By God, I was going to show my Orthodox neighbors that it was possible to lead allife following halakha in the Conservative manner. Besides, being a Conservative BT is a lot easier than being an Orthodox BT. For one thing, when I went to visit my parents, I could still go to shul with them. And why Conservative instead of the so-called "real thing," Orthodox? Well, for one thing, the argumentation I read from the Conservative rabbis regarding such things as unhekshered wine and cheese, mixed seating, and ritual egalitarianism made more sense than what the Orthodox were saying. (We won't even start with the fact that some of my frum neighbors, even 15 years ago, were starting to talk about evolution, etc, as if they were red-neck Bible-thumpers from the Scopes Trial. I do value reality-based religions.) Plus, my wife and I had just joined a new shul where it seemed like most of the members (unlike other Conservative shuls) were observant, or trying to get there. So our little experiment began.

-to be continued


Blogger Mis-nagid said...

Reality based...religion? Stira minei u'bay. That's talmudic for "that contradicts itself." :-)

10:59 PM  
Blogger Conservative Apikoris said...

What that means is that (for the most part), the Conservatives accept scientific evidence, (i.e documentary hypothesis, evolution, etc.) and interpret the tall tales to provide a "spritual" (whatever that means) message.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Barefoot Jewess said...

I affiliate C and converted under C auspices. Well, you are a rare bird on the internet!

I had not idea there were BTs in C. I am looking forward to the rest of your story.

I don't know what "spiritual" means, either. But neither do I know what a "reality based religion" means. I imagine religion can never be reality based unless one worships the rational.

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