Alternative Spellings

Left-wing Modern Orthodox


  • '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


Who Uses This

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


North America




Observes Shabbat, Kashrut in principle, but may be less stringent in application. Only a positive phrase when used by self-identified LWMO. LWMO 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.

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