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Orthodox Jews (Orthodox rabbis claim that the Reform and Conservative branches of Judaism are not true to the faith).

Judaism in North America grappled in late March with the divisive shock caused by accusations from North American Orthodox rabbis that the two other branches of Judaism, the Reform and Conservative, are misleading their followers, and "are not Judaism at all."

This accusation came at the same time when Orthodox rabbis in Israel sought legislative approval for restrictions on non-Orthodox Jews.

A bill before the Knesset would declare that conversion to Judaism in Israel would only be recognized if performed by an Orthodox rabbi. Official recognition is essential for Jews in Israel who wish to be married or divorced, as only Orthodox rabbis can perform these ceremonies. Orthodox Judaism is in the majority in Israel, but 80 per cent of North American believers are either Reform or Conservative.
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