Posted 20 November 2003 - 08:34 PM
I'm wondering how many MO people you all actually know. I do consider myself Modern Orthodox (no stone throwing, please) I live in a MO community, and am very acquainted with it from a halakhic standpoint. As for me, I do follow halakha as prescribed by the rabbi that I asked my questions to. Many MO communities do not feel bound by every minute ruling of the "Gedolim" because we have a different view of secular culture, and think differently about many things. There is no Sanhedrin, and one is not bound to adhere to the rulings of any Rabbi, especially when it is clear that they are not talking to us. When we read all types of literature, even "kefira" and kefira, it would be difficult to tell us not to read a certain book.
There are people who don't follow halakha in every community. Why is cheating in business more acceptable than mixed swimming? One could argue that many people who do follow halakha (tznius in particular) are only doing it because that is what their friends and neighbors do. To say that not following halakha is a matter of ideology is ridiculous. It seems to me that many people here define religiosity based on dress, which we all know is not true.
Also, I never thought I would come to defending this since I DO NOT agree with their viewpoint, but groups like Edah and the like do believe that they are working within the framework of halakha. They just have a different attitude toward halakha and change. While I believe this approach is dangerous, they do not. But it is not as if they are changing halakha willy nilly. They see this as a continuation of the halakhic process that began with Moshe at Sinai.
Alu v'elu divrei elokim hayim.....
Sorry for the tirade.