Thank you Ms. Katz!
But I acknowlege any help I get from whatever the source.
Here is my response to her comment on my last post:
I was joking about how hard it is for a Conservative to be an apikorus. Of course Conservative Judaism has standards. They happen to be more reasonable standards than those of the Orthodox.
Our main problem is that too many of our rabbis (like Rabbi Rank, the president of the RA) see us as a sort of "Orthodox Lite." Most of us laity are "religious secularists," we don't believe in a personal God, and we believe that the mitzvot are for our benefit, not God's. I am in opposition to Rabbis like Rabbi Rank, and I think that Conservative rabbis need to come to terms with religious secularism. Unfortunately, most of the rabbis willing to do so are radical feminists who are more interested in the feminist agenda than in leading a community of religious secularists.
Thus, I am alienated from a lot of what's going on in the Conservative movement. The halachic side, which attracts me, because I find value in Jewish ritual, is dominated by the "Orthodox Lite. " The other side is dominated by PC identity politics. Leaders (rabbinic and lay) on both sides are more interested in their ideology and career goals than in the needs of actual Conservative Jews, and I've seen them ride roughshod over people. I complain, but I might as well be pissing into the wind. So what else is there to do, but become a Conservative Apikorus?
Ms. Katz, it's apparent that you find the UO version of halacha meets your needs very well. That's fine. Kol HaKavod lach! But not for me. I refuse to suspend my belief in reality. I know that the UO halacha is not the one and only Word of God, becuase no halacha is the Word of God. It's only our best approximation of what we think God wants.
By the way, don't you have better things to do with your time than engage in fruitless debates with an obscure anonymous blogger?