By Dana Evan Kaplan
The simply finished and up to date examine Reform Judaism, this booklet analyzes the forces presently hard the Reform circulate, now the biggest Jewish denomination within the United States.
To distinguish itself from Orthodox and Conservative Judaism, the Reform circulation attempts to be an egalitarian, open, and leading edge model of the religion precise to the spirit of the culture yet still totally suitable with glossy secular existence. selling itself during this approach, Reform Judaism has been significantly winning in recruiting numerous people—intermarried households, feminists, gays and lesbians, and interracial households between others—who withstand extra conventional different types of worship.
As an accidental results of this luck, the stream now struggles with an identification quandary because of its liberal theology, which teaches that every Jew is unfastened to perform Judaism kind of as she or he pleases. within the absence of the authority that comes from a theology in keeping with a commanding, omnipotent God, can Reform Judaism proceed to thrive? Can or not it's generally inclusive and nonetheless be uniquely and authentically Jewish?
Taking this query as his aspect of departure, Dana Evan Kaplan presents a wide review of the yank Reform circulation and its background, theology, and politics. He then takes a troublesome examine the demanding situations the circulate faces because it makes an attempt to reinvent itself within the new millennium. In so doing, Kaplan supplies the reader a feeling of the place Reform Judaism has come from, the place it stands at the significant concerns, and the place it can be going.
Addressing the problems that experience faced the movement—including the ordination of ladies, recognition of homosexuality, the matter of assimilation, the query of rabbinic officiation at intermarriages, the fight for popularity in Israel, and Jewish schooling and others—Kaplan sheds mild at the connection among Reform ideology and cultural realities. He unflinchingly, but hopefully, assesses the movement’s destiny and cautions that stormy climate could be ahead.
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