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Tisha B’Av: When spirit and letter collide

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Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:00 am

The wider world of traditional Judaism is moving in fits and starts toward a renego-tiation of the terms of halachic observance. At question is the importance of social change in the understanding and application of the legal logic of the sages of old. In the last several years, voices from within the Orthodox fold have raised a formidable challenge to certain established norms of Jewish life and law, especially regarding the possibilities of female religious leadership. 

Though not as emotionally charged, there are many other points of striking dissonance between codified law and modern reality that dot the landscape of Jewish observance. 

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