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Traditional Judaism (formerly "Conservadox")
This is a primarily North American movement that
has nothing in common with “traditional” Jews in
Israel. It is a relatively new offshoot from
Conservative, but philosophically closer to
Orthodox. They attempt to be as lenient as
possible within an Orthodox framework, although
many Orthodox would not accept their leniencies,
such as using microphones on shabbat. It has yet
to be determined if conversions and divorces
under Traditional auspices are acceptable within
the Orthodox world.
There is an umbrella organization for the
organized “Traditional” movement (please
contrast this usage with the generic term
“traditional”). This organization is the Union
for Traditional Judaism.
What B'nai Or was like when I was there...
The old B'nai Or was much more orthodox than the
Jewish Renewal movement of today (which grew out
of B'nai Or.) It was closer to what is now
called Traditional Judaism (or Conservadox),
except that it had a much more mystical bent to
it. It has been called neo-Chassidic and I think
the term fits well, although I cringe at the
sound of neo-anything. But I do always think of
B'nai Or in an Essene-Chassidic context. Reb
Zalman once told me that he envisioned it as a
repository of Chassidic knowledge that would
preserve and renew the Jewish spirituality that
was destroyed in the Holocaust -- similar to the
way that the Essenes retreated to the wilderness
to preserve their knowledge from being lost
under persecution of the Romans.