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    Jewish religious or communal structure in the way there are with other communities.  There are organizations, and synagogues and individuals belong to such organizations, but they are not binding on the individual or the synagogue in the same way that the pope's word would be binding on Catholics.  A synagogue that disagrees with an organization it is affiliated with on a major issue — one the organization considers make or break — would simply disaffiliate it wished to retain that position, but it would still exist with the same leadership and same membership and in the same building.  The same could not happen with a Catholic church where the parishioners overwhelmingly disagreed with the line coming down from Rome.

    This is my long-winded way of saying that it doesn't need to be clarified in the title, particularly as in my opening paragraph I make it clear that this is a group of Orthodox Jews and they do not speak for anyone but themselves.  Such is the nature of Jewish religious practice.

    Preserve sanity in our government. Re-elect and strengthen and recapture. Proud to be a Democrat!

    by Mets102 on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 05:58:55 PM PST

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