Monday, June 07, 2004

Word of the Week

Reclaim
When Conservative or Reform Jews, communities, or
organizations adopt a practice that they have
disdained, mocked, or ignored previously, (e.g.
Kollel, Kashrus, Hand Shmurah on Pesach) they say that
they are reclaiming that practice. Sometimes, these
“reclaimed” practices take on a very different form
than the original practices, before it was “reclaimed”
(e.g. tikkun leil shevuos).
In contrast, when Modern Orthodoxy reclaims a practice
(e.g. meditation, clapping in shul), they just pretend
that it was never lost.

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