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The Resource American Reform Judaism : an introduction, Dana Evan Kaplan, (electronic resource:)

American Reform Judaism : an introduction, Dana Evan Kaplan, (electronic resource:)

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American Reform Judaism : an introduction
Title
American Reform Judaism
Title remainder
an introduction
Statement of responsibility
Dana Evan Kaplan
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Language
eng
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Kaplan, Dana Evan
Dewey number
296.8/341/0973
LC call number
BM197
LC item number
.K37 2003
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  • Reform Judaism
  • Judaism
  • Jews
  • Jews
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The only comprehensive and up-todate look at Reform Judaism, this book analyzes the forces currently challenging the Reform Movement, now the largest Jewish denomination in the United States. To distinguish itself from Orthodox and Conservative Judaism, the Reform movement tries to be an egalitarian, open, and innovative version of the faith true to the spirit of the tradition but nonetheless full compatible with modern secular life. Promoting itself in this way, Reform Judaism has been tremendously successful in recruiting a variety of people-intermarried families, feminists, gays and lesbians, and interracial families among others-who resist more traditional forms of worship. As an unintended result of this success, the movement now struggles with an identity crisis brought on by its liberal theology, which teaches that each Jew is free to practice Judaism more or less as he or she pleases. In the absence of the authority that comes from a theology based on a commanding, all-powerful God, can Reform Judaism continue to thrive? Can it be broadly inclusive and still be uniquely and authentically Jewish? Taking this question as his point of departure, Dana Evan Kaplan provides a broad overview of the American Reform movement and its history, theology, and politics. He then takes a hard look at the challenges the movement faces as it attempts to reinvent itself in the new millennium. In so doing, Kaplan gives the reader a sense of where Reform Judaism has come from, where it stands on the major issues, and where it may be going. Addressing the issues that have confronted the movement--including the ordination of women, acceptance of homosexuality, the problem of assimilation, the questionof rabbinic officiation at intermarriages, the struggle for acceptance in Israel, and Jewish education and others--Kaplan sheds light on the connection between Reform ideology and cultural realities. He unflinchingly, yet o
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American Reform Judaism : an introduction, Dana Evan Kaplan, (electronic resource:)
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Publication
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000356561
Dimensions
24 cm.
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unknown
Extent
xii, 297 p.
Isbn
9780813532196
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(pbk.)
Lccn
2002012498
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remote
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(WaSeSS)ssj0000356561
Label
American Reform Judaism : an introduction, Dana Evan Kaplan, (electronic resource:)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000356561
Dimensions
24 cm.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xii, 297 p.
Isbn
9780813532196
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2002012498
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0000356561

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