Conservative Judaism

Conservative Judaism

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For Conservative Jews, the Torah is no less sacred, if less central,
than it was for their premodern ancestors. Conservative Jews
regard the Torah as both divine and human, but having divine
authority. They believe the Torah was revealed by God but is a
human record of the encounter between humanity and God, and the
Jewish people's interpretation of God's will. They accept that the
commandments in the Torah record the covenant between God and
the Jewish people.
They believe modern Jews should study Torah in harmony with
their mental world and not solely through the eyes of their
ancestors. For example in the Book of Genesis "This is my
covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your
offspring after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised."
Only some conservative jews believe in this doctrine unlike
Orthodox Jews who all believe boys should be circumsized.
Conservative Judaism also encourages study of the Talmud and
rabbinic codes, but treats their legal rulings more loosely than does
Orthodox Judaism.


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