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Old 02-16-2014, 06:06 AM
 
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Can we then assume that he was not married in an orthodox ceremony?
He was married in a Reform ceremony. He said the Rabbi told him that the prohibition of a Kohen marrying a divorcee was only a tradition, one that we don't do anymore. You know, like Shabbos and kashrus.
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Old 02-16-2014, 07:11 AM
 
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Kohens cannot marry converts either, correct? (Not that it matters to me personally
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Old 02-16-2014, 07:29 AM
 
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Kohens cannot marry converts either, correct? (Not that it matters to me personally
They cannot.
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Old 02-16-2014, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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going off the derech. So sad. He davens at a Conservative shul now.
People who switch from Orthodoxy to Conservative Judaism are off the derech?

(off the derech (derech = path) refers to Jews who abandon Judaism and the Torah, the opposite of a baal teshuva, a formerly secular Jew who becomes religious and observant)

Maybe he left the Orthodox shul because people didn't treat him and his wife with tact and respect.
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Old 02-16-2014, 01:58 PM
 
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Maybe he left the Orthodox shul because people didn't treat him and his wife with tact and respect.
That's what they all say.
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Old 02-16-2014, 03:01 PM
 
Location: OC/LA
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That's what they all say.
“If one person calls you an ass, ignore them. If five people call you an ass, buy a saddle”.
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Old 02-16-2014, 03:19 PM
 
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“If one person calls you an ass, ignore them. If five people call you an ass, buy a saddle”.
Not when the five who call you an ass are wobbly in the soul.

To quote the Satmar Rebbe Ztz"l when confronted by an American enlightened Jew: That YOU call me names is proof that I'm doing something right.

Pray tell, hyper, who wasn't nice to you that you became a self-hating Jew?

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Old 02-16-2014, 03:20 PM
 
Location: OC/LA
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I don't hate myself at all.
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Old 02-16-2014, 03:40 PM
 
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People who switch from Orthodoxy to Conservative Judaism are off the derech?

(off the derech (derech = path) refers to Jews who abandon Judaism and the Torah, the opposite of a baal teshuva, a formerly secular Jew who becomes religious and observant)

Maybe he left the Orthodox shul because people didn't treat him and his wife with tact and respect.
Kedusha is only meant to go upwards. So yes, if you lesson your observance of the mitzvos, you have gone off the derech.
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Old 02-16-2014, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Kedusha is only meant to go upwards. So yes, if you lesson your observance of the mitzvos, you have gone off the derech.
Would you consider someone who was raised yeshivish or chassidic and later goes to YU (Yeshiva University) and becomes Modern Orthodox, to be off the derech?

By your logic, if someone from Bnei Brak or Meah Shearim relocated to your community, they would be off the derech.

Also to go back to the OP, I think it's important to be friendly and encouraging to a baal teshuva so that he or she may be able to increase their observance of the mitzvot, even if he is a Kohen (priestly descendant) in a forbidden relationship with a gerusha (divorcee).
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