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Chava (Unregistered Guest)
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You said in your post that it was a time when the men prayed on the first floor and the women had to sit in the balcony.
Having a separation (mechitza) between the sexes during davening (prayers) is not something of the past. It is a law in the Torah and one to which all Orthodox synagogues still adhere to - whether it's with a balcony or a room divider. And let me make it clear as a woman that it in no way makes women "second class citizens". I am not a man, I am not less worthy than a man but I'm a woman!
When the Reform and Conservative movements formed they made major changes both in the prayers and in the obvervance of the commandments in the Torah. They wanted a more "user friendly" Judaism and went about picking and choosing those things that they felt would make their congregants happy and therefore would keep their membership in their congregations.
Jewish Law (Halacha) has not changed and is not subject to change by the whims of society. Our society should revolve around the laws of the Torah rather than the reverse.
Tragically with all these changes came a great number of inter-marriages and other blows to our people. Makes sense - if you can arbitraily change one law, obviously you can change whatever you want!
There was a time when the Reform and Conservative movements were attracting many people who found Orthodoxy too diffiuclt. Those times have changed and so has the membership in the Reform and Orthodox Congregations. The Reform movement at it''s convention voted to reverse some of their moves so as to have some substance for their congregants who were leaving in droves because there was nothing concrete and spiritual to hold them.
Today there is a tremendous Baal Teshuvah (those returning to Torah true Judaism) movement with thousands of people, mostly young, returning to the tenets of the Torah and the ways of the Jewish people.
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