Last week we outlined the debate concerning whether a couple married only by a civil ceremony requires a Get. This week we will discuss the Orthodox view of Reform weddings. We will begin by citing the view articulated by Rav Moshe Feinstein Igrot Moshe Even Haezer I and the Meharsham , that even those authorities who believe that a couple married civilly is considered married by Halacha, would agree that a couple joined only by a Reform rabbi is not considered married according to Halacha. The argument is whether the couple is married as a result of marital relations. Therefore, they created Kiddushin through marital relations.
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Dear Name Withheld, No. Shaving is forbidden on Chol Hamo'ed. Shaving one's beard with a razor is always forbidden, but during the week of Succot and Pesach, it's even forbidden to trim it with scissors. Now, the Torah prohibition against shaving with a razor doesn't apply until the beard stubble has grown somewhat approximately two or three days' growth. So the Chatam Sofer said that it was better for them to continue shaving on Chol Hamo'ed so that the hair would not have time to grow to that length, rather than letting it grow during and shaving after the festival, which would entail the violation of hundreds of Torah prohibitions, one prohibition for every two hairs shaved.
This is precisely the point that all the arguments we are all having boil down to. What is the ultimate purpose of Torah? What is the ultimate spiritual goal of Am Israel? Is the ultimate spiritual experience being a master of Talmud and halacha? Is someone who is not built to be a talmid hacham still capable of spiritual growth and even greatness?