• n. 'Left wing Modern Orthodox'. The liberal wing of Modern Orthodoxy, in both attitude and observance.

Example Sentences

  • 'The school is co-ed, and doesn't worry about 'Kol ishah' - very LWMO.'

  • 'He's LWMO, so don't count on him for the daily minchah minyan.'

  • 'He makes up his own mind what to do - very LWMO.'

  • 'That's a very LWMO community - they allow women to give Divrei Torah in shul.'

Languages of Origin

  • English

Who Uses This

  • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


  • North America


  • None

Alternative Spellings

Left-wing Modern Orthodox


  • Observes Shabbat, Kashrut in principle, but may be less stringent in application.

    Only a positive phrase when used by self-identified LWMO.

    LWMO Jews have more active social lives; mix with non-Orthodox and non-Jews easily; and, in theological terms, may be identified with a more academic (and therefore skeptical) and - especially - non-fundamentalist attitude to Torah.

    Now increasingly identified with women's rights and egalitarian movements within Orthodoxy.

    See also MO and RWMO.

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