Why Reform Matters…
using our freedom wisely
At Sinai, Moses received the Torah and handed it over to Joshua who handed it over to the elders who handed it over to the prophets who in turn handed it over to the men of the great assembly. The latter said three things: Be deliberate in judgment, raise up many disciples, and make a fence around the Torah.
— Pirkei Avot 1:1
“Reform Congregations and communities strive to ensure that their religious practices are unmistakably Jewish in style and substance. Though free to make their own decisions unencumbered by outside authority, Reform Jews do not define their Judaism as an all-new religion, lacking any real connection to Jewish tradition. On the contrary: Reform Judaism has tended to see itself as part and parcel with that tradition, a modern development of it and not a radical break with it.”
Mark Washofsky, Jewish Living: A Guide to Contemporary Reform Practice
WHY did the first Reformers feel the need to make revolutionary changes to Judaism?
WHAT new Jewish ideas and ceremonies did they create?
HOW has the Reform movement continued to evolve and change?
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