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By Dana Evan Kaplan

The simply complete and up to date examine Reform Judaism, this booklet analyzes the forces presently tough the Reform move, now the most important Jewish denomination within the United States.

To distinguish itself from Orthodox and Conservative Judaism, the Reform move attempts to be an egalitarian, open, and leading edge model of the religion precise to the spirit of the culture yet still absolutely appropriate with sleek secular existence. selling itself during this manner, Reform Judaism has been significantly profitable in recruiting various 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 concern caused by its liberal theology, which teaches that every Jew is loose to perform Judaism roughly as she or he pleases. within the absence of the authority that comes from a theology in response to a commanding, omnipotent God, can Reform Judaism proceed to thrive? Can it's widely inclusive and nonetheless be uniquely and authentically Jewish?

Taking this query as his aspect of departure, Dana Evan Kaplan presents a huge evaluate of the yankee Reform circulate and its background, theology, and politics.  He then takes a troublesome examine the demanding situations the stream 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 confidently, assesses the movement’s destiny and cautions that stormy climate should be ahead. 


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