By Dana Evan Kaplan
The merely finished and up to date examine Reform Judaism, this booklet analyzes the forces at the moment hard the Reform circulation, now the biggest Jewish denomination within the United States.
To distinguish itself from Orthodox and Conservative Judaism, the Reform move attempts to be an egalitarian, open, and cutting edge model of the religion precise to the spirit of the culture yet still absolutely appropriate with glossy secular lifestyles. selling itself during this approach, Reform Judaism has been vastly profitable in recruiting a number of people—intermarried households, feminists, gays and lesbians, and interracial households between others—who face up to extra conventional sorts of worship.
As an accidental results of this good fortune, the flow now struggles with an id main issue as a result of its liberal theology, which teaches that every Jew is loose 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 greatly 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 yankee Reform circulate 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 offers 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 girls, reputation of homosexuality, the matter of assimilation, the query of rabbinic officiation at intermarriages, the fight for recognition in Israel, and Jewish schooling and others—Kaplan sheds mild at the connection among Reform ideology and cultural realities. He unflinchingly, but expectantly, assesses the movement’s destiny and cautions that stormy climate could be ahead.
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American Reform Judaism: An Introduction by Dana Evan Kaplan