The New Reform Judaism

The New Reform Judaism

Challenges and Reflections

Book - 2013
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This is the book that American Jews and particularly American Reform Jews have been waiting for: a clear and informed call for further reform in the Reform movement.

In light of profound demographic, social, and technological developments, it has become increasingly clear that the Reform movement will need to make major changes to meet the needs of a quickly evolving American Jewish population. Younger Americans in particular differ from previous generations in how they relate to organized religion, often preferring to network through virtual groups or gather in informal settings of their own choosing.

Dana Evan Kaplan, an American Reform Jew and pulpit rabbi, argues that rather than focusing on the importance of loyalty to community, Reform Judaism must determine how to engage the individual in a search for existential meaning. It should move us toward a critical scholarly understanding of the Hebrew Bible, that we may emerge with the perspectives required by a postmodern world. Such a Reform Judaism can at once help us understand how the ancient world molded our most cherished religious traditions and guide us in addressing the increasingly complex social problems of our day.

Publisher: Lincoln [NB] : University of Nebraska Press ; Philadelphia, PA : The Jewish Publication Society, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780827609341
0827609345
Branch Call Number: 296.8341 KAPLAN
Characteristics: xiv, 367 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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