Friday, March 11, 2005

What is that makes a Conservative Apikoris?

I has occurred to me that my nom de plume, Conservative Apikoris," conveys a certain degree of ambiguity. After all, to many religious Jews, the Conservative movement is, by its very nature, apikorsus, and those who follow it (at least those who should know better) are apikorsim. On the other hand, my intention was to explore heresy from the standpoint of Conservative Judaism.

But what does Conservative Judaism consider to be heresy worthy of the name "apikorsus?" Sure, there's the usual stuff, atheists, and those who consider halakha irrelevant, and Reform Jews. But what about a Conservative Jew who rejects the "historical-positive" philosophy underlying Conservatism and moves to Orthodoxy? If my kids become frum-orthodox ba'alei teshuva, don the black hat, start believing that the world is only 5765 years old and dinosaurs lived alongside Fred Flinstone? Would I be required, from the standpoint of Conservative Judaism, to consider them apikorsim?

Rabbi Rank, where are you when we need you?

Good Shabbos.


Blogger Joseph said...

I thought a Conservative Apikoris would apply a "historical-positive" appoach to Epicurean philosophy.

12:33 PM  
Blogger Eliyahu said...

thanks for your comments on education in the DovBear "education in Minnesota" post. i had not seen the study you mentioned. FYI, you might find the Aleph Kallah interesting. and look for the 2005 kallah. you have a good blog!

9:04 PM  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Man oh Manishewitz, the minute I saw your "signature" on a comment on somebody else's blog (probably DovBear's, or maybe it was Mis-nagid's), I just *knew* I had to check out your blog. It's nice to know that I'm not the only Conservative apikoris in "Olam haBlog."

4:33 PM  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Good heavens, doesn't Blogger ever update its profiles? I just clicked on the hyperlink in previous my comment, out of curiosity, and discovered that the last post these sleepyheads show dates back to November '04. Dudes, wake up--I published my most recent post on March 23, 2005!

Ahem--we now return you to your regularly scheduled post. What's the point in one "heretic" calling another person a "heretic"? Ideology, schmideology: If the kids take up the black hat and/or the sheitel, just roll your eyes, sigh, and wish them well--and stock up on paper plates and plastic tableware for family get-togethers.

Meanwhile, Purim sameach--as you were saying, you're an apikoris, not a goy. (Likewise, I'm sure.)

4:44 PM  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Actually, there are a few other religously-committed non-Orthodox folks posting in the Jewish blogosphere. You might want to check out these:

10:36 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a really dumb post. You never answer your question!

And what's your deal with Rabbi Rank?

4:31 PM  

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