The rise and fall of a Conservative BT - part 1
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