Monday, June 23, 2008

Conserving Tradition with Conservative Judaism

So I came to the conclusion that Conservative Judaism makes the most sense logically, for me.
When I grow up, I want to function as an actual Judge in a Jewish court of Law.
So I can do what I love (arguing) for a higher cause/ in the name of G-d/ for the sake of G-d and for something deep and meaningful.
I think the
JTS Rabbinical School is the answer. Rabbi Daniel Nevins, the Dean is brilliant.
I haven't been able to find what I'm looking for in any Orthodox sect of Judaism.
I want to wear the tight pants, sit in absolutely non partitioned houses of worship and also be able to function as an actual Judge in a Jewish Court of Law.
Rabbi Riskin’s certified overseas court assistant course is not the kind of position I’m thinking of. I want to be the actual Judge in the rabbinical court.
And Rabbi Avi Weiss certified women’s prayer groups are not what I’m looking for either. It’s mixed seating for me or no house of prayer praying.

At first, I was seriously considering the lefty oriented modern orthodox ideologies, but I don’t understand some of their soft emotional stirrings and stances and half stirred philosophies that never go all the way with the women’s roles. Like do they or do they not allow women rabbis, not rabbi assistants? Do they believe court assistants courses for women are the new Rabbinical Judges alternative for women of all sensitivities looking for jewish court positions?

Obviously, I haven’t researched the lefty ideologies in full, but did not find what I was looking for with the research that I did do.
I actually find the laws/passages in the Talmud and rabbinical courts / discourses and arguing fascinating.
Unfortunately Orthodox Judaism doesn’t share my fascination in the same way.

Conservative Judaism doesn’t seem to get all bent out of shape if a woman decides to become a rabbi. I wonder if they let women function as Judges in their rabbinical courts.


Anonymous said...

What's the next stop if the Conservatives don't make you Av Bais Din?

Jaded Topaz said...

I think Conservative Judaism is a fine, final destination for a religious affiliation stop. I'm particularly impressed with their openminded JTS Rabbinical School and the fact that they treat men and women equally.
Before Eim Bais Din, there's the actual rabbinical credentials I need to earn. Once I earn the coveted rabbi/judge titles, well then the judging opportunities are endless. I could even open my own Mediation & Reconciliation McMansion or Jaded Topaz's House of Resolution for nights weekends and holidays.

Anonymous said...

I think you'd be a fantastic rabbi in the Conservative movement, Jaded. I know it's hard when you've been raised the way you were, but Orthodoxy isn't all there is.

Jaded Topaz said...

"fantastic rabbi" , Thanx ;-)
Orthodoxism is a complex concept, especially when it comes to the roles females are allowed to dress up in and play.
Conservative judaism just might be what I've been looking for all along.