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Reform Jews interested in getting together in Taipei?

Reform Jews interested in getting together in Taipei?

Postby onlyconnect » 02 Sep 2014, 15:35

Hello, my name is Jonathan and I was wondering if there were any other Reform Jews living in Taipei who were interested in getting together to observe holidays and the occasional Shabbat. As there are no reform congregations in Taiwan, it would be enjoyable to form a community to share our culture and religion. I have prayer books and other materials that I could copy and share sections from. Please reply to this post if you're interested, thank you! #Reform Judaism; #Shabbat; #JewishHolidays; #JewsinTaipei
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Re: Reform Jews interested in getting together in Taipei?

Postby Zla'od » 04 Sep 2014, 11:39

I'm not Jewish, but if you start a group, I'll definitely visit.

For those who aren't aware, there seem to be two Jewish groups in Taipei--Dr. Einhorn's modern Orthodox group, and the Chabad center (which struggles to reach a minyan). I have often wondered why there is no Reform /Progressive group. I am told it is because liberals can happily attend Dr. Einhorn's group, whereas the reverse would not be true.
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Re: Reform Jews interested in getting together in Taipei?

Postby Hokwongwei » 04 Sep 2014, 15:23

I think the real reason is just that there are so very few of us here. :s I'm a non-believer myself.
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Re: Reform Jews interested in getting together in Taipei?

Postby Mucha Man » 04 Sep 2014, 19:06

What's a reform Jew?
“Everywhere else in the world is also really old” said Prof. Liu, a renowned historian at Beijing University. “We always learn that China has 5000 years of cultural heritage, and that therefore we are very special. It appears that other places also have some of this heritage stuff. And are also old. Like, really old.”

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Re: Reform Jews interested in getting together in Taipei?

Postby jesus80 » 04 Sep 2014, 21:52

Is there some Jewish community somewhere in Yilan? I kinda remember I saw something suspicious over there like 2 years ago... :P
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Re: Reform Jews interested in getting together in Taipei?

Postby Zla'od » 05 Sep 2014, 15:53

What's a reform Jew?


http://trymyrabbi.com/jewish-holidays/r ... ism-at-200

(In case you're joking, there's a joke in here too.)
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Re: Reform Jews interested in getting together in Taipei?

Postby Rocket » 05 Sep 2014, 15:59

Zla'od wrote:
What's a reform Jew?


http://trymyrabbi.com/jewish-holidays/r ... ism-at-200

(In case you're joking, there's a joke in here too.)


Nice link, Z.

This is great, I've believed this to be true for a long time:

Rabbi Milhander wrote: Now, I have always held the radical idea that Reform Judaism did not begin with Jacobson in Sessen. It did not begin with the philosophical foundations proposed by Mendelsohn a generation before Jacobson. It did not begin with Baruch Spinoza, the seventeenth century Dutch Jew whose heretical-for-his-time views of modern biblical criticism, using Euclidean methods to demonstrate a metaphysical concept of the universe with ethical implications, led to his excommunication in 1656. No, from my point of view, Reform Judaism began with Judaism itself. Yes, Abraham, Moses, the prophets, and later, the rabbis, were all good Reform Jews. Where do I get such a crazy notion?

In true rabbinic fashion, I have to answer that question with a question: What is it that Reform Judaism seeks to do? If you understand Reform Judaism as the attempt to apply Judaism to the world in which we live, then that is what Jews have always sought to do. That is until it really happened a few hundred years ago, when there was then a backlash against modernity, against enlightenment, against progress, and against the outside world. That backlash ultimately became what today we call Orthodoxy – that is, Orthodox Judaism as a movement along the lines of the Reform and Conservative Movements.


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Re: Reform Jews interested in getting together in Taipei?

Postby Taiwan_Student » 23 Sep 2014, 14:23

I'm in the Kaohsiung area still looking for any Jew.
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Re: Reform Jews interested in getting together in Taipei?

Postby H5N1 » 23 Sep 2014, 21:58

Taiwan_Student wrote:I'm in the Kaohsiung area still looking for any Jew.

My heritage is complicated, but I qualify for membership in the tribe. You're not alone, friend.
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Re: Reform Jews interested in getting together in Taipei?

Postby Taiwan_Student » 26 Sep 2014, 14:18

H5N1 wrote:
Taiwan_Student wrote:I'm in the Kaohsiung area still looking for any Jew.

My heritage is complicated, but I qualify for membership in the tribe. You're not alone, friend.


Explain "complicated heritage" please. As far as I know I am alone. Nears self admitted Jew would be Tainan.
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