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|Comment||Thanks again Rabbi. I did take your original (and subsequent) answer as positive, and thank you again for it. Sorry if my reply implied otherwise. One thing I'm learning through this process is how deep the divide truly is between Orthodox and non-Orthodox views. There are fundamental differences. The current 'political correctness' confuses things for me at times. There seems to me to be a significant difference between saying that our generation has decided to be inclusive of women (which is a good thing in my view) and changing Torah to accommodate this new openness (which seems to be what's happening). I assume there is a Hebrew-gender-based reason why people say "bar mitzvah" and "bat mitzvah" rather than using the prior for both. I'm not sure its good for the lines to be blurred as they are being, but what do I know, I'm just learning the language (no sarcasm intended). I'm reminded of Isaiah 53:6, '...every one has turned to his way...' (not pointing to either side of such issues here). I wish we had someone like a living Moshe with the authority to resolve our many differences. Also we don't so we continue on divided. Thanks again for the service you do through AllExperts and for me. ~ Shlomo|
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