By Dana Evan Kaplan

The merely accomplished and up to date examine Reform Judaism, this publication 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 actual to the spirit of the culture yet still totally appropriate with smooth secular existence. selling itself during this method, Reform Judaism has been significantly profitable in recruiting quite a few people—intermarried households, feminists, gays and lesbians, and interracial households between others—who withstand extra conventional sorts of worship.

As an unintentional results of this good fortune, the circulate now struggles with an identification concern because of 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 according to 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 element of departure, Dana Evan Kaplan presents a extensive review of the yank Reform flow and its background, theology, and politics.  He then takes a difficult examine the demanding situations the move 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 matters, and the place it can be going.

Addressing the problems that experience faced the movement—including the ordination of girls, popularity 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 can be ahead. 

 

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