What's a reform Jew?
Zla'od wrote:What's a reform Jew?
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(In case you're joking, there's a joke in here too.)
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.
Taiwan_Student wrote:I'm in the Kaohsiung area still looking for any Jew.
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.
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