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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

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Question 2.18:
What is a "Torah Jew?"


The expression "the Torah world" and "Torah Jew" tends to be used primarily by the "yeshivish" world, as other groups prefer other buzzwords. But many other Jews object to the term, as they also claim to be true to Torah principles in their practice.

In general, if someone dislikes a particular term, switch to another term which conveys the same information.

The FAQ is a collection of documents that is an attempt to answer questions that are continually asked on the soc.culture.jewish family of newsgroups. It was written by cooperating laypeople from the various Judaic movements. You should not make any assumption as to accuracy and/or authoritativeness of the answers provided herein. In all cases, it is always best to consult a competent authority--your local rabbi is a good place to start.

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