Reform Judaism for the Rest of Us: Faith versus Political Activism

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iUniverse, Aug 16, 2012 - Religion - 270 pages
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Reform Judaism has been tested by the spiritual torments and ideological upheavals of the last two centuries. Now, Reform Judaism for the Rest of Us brings into discussion key tenets and opinions that shape current thinking within the faith and introduces ideas for its future development. Author Alexander Maller believes that the core message of Reform Judaism, a modern faith inspired by the Jewish heritage and the Jewish and American Enlightenment, is entering a new phase in its history.

Free from the defunct extremist ideologies of the last centuries, American Reform Judaism can expand its reach into the new millennium if it strengthens its grassroots appeal to be of, by, and for the Reform congregants. It must also have a strong Jewish divine faith orientation, be open-minded to the realities of modern living, bear a deep love of Zion, and uphold a strong defense of the Constitution.

The arguments brought forth in this study stem from the author’s position as a lay congregant. They also arise from the fact that he is a participant in and an observer of the continuous dialogue between rank-and-file congregants and clergy, as well as among congregations and various denominations of faith. Reform Judaism for the Rest of Us encourages congregants to adopt a sustainable, modern, deity-based orientation inspired by Jewish heritage and the American spirit.

 

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Interesting Read On Judaism Reform and Enlightenment Reform Judaism for the Rest of Us exposes the fallacy of these ideologies and disputes the merit of their inclusion as part of the Reform Judaic ... Read full review

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Interesting Read On Judaism Reform and Enlightenment
Reform Judaism for the Rest of Us exposes the fallacy of these ideologies and disputes the merit of their inclusion as part of the Reform Judaic
faith.
Thought Provoking & scholarly, this book is a great starting point for talks about modern day Judaism.
Highly Recommended!!
 

Contents

Introduction
1
Jewish ReformationThe European Experience Enlightenment Extremism and Exhaustion
7
American Reform Judaism Trends Separation and Hope
32
Faith in the Almighty or Partners with God?
52
Pride in the Jewish Heritage Particularism versus Universalism
76
Separation of Church and State A Multidimensional Existence
87
Grassroots Governance
101
Tikkun Olam? Try Or Goim
113
Freedom of Education and Reform Education
166
Beyond Content Reform Religious Rituals and Practices
176
Belonging and the Pursuit of Happiness
186
The Fraternal Dispute Reform Judaism and Zionism
194
Being a Reform Jew The Promises of Hope
212
Jewish Reform Thriving The Reform Galaxy
225
Glossary
233
Bibliography
237

Religious ActionIs It Social Action?
130
Social JusticeIs It Justice for All?
146
Jewish Family The Reform Spirit
155

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