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Publisher Comments:

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.

Synopsis:

This definitive guide is a complete source on Reform Jewish practice. This accessible compendium covers the full range of Jewish living, including worship, holidays, life-cycle events, tikkun olam, and everyday Jewish living. The author understands Reform Judaism as a modern development of two millennia of Jewish thinking, and in so doing he draws upon traditional Jewish texts and sources, as well as on the Reform literature that has emerged as a response to that tradition, to create a modern classic.

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This definitive guide for Reform Jewish practice is a complete source for those who wish to incorporate Jewish practice into their everyday lives. Mark Washofsky, a highly respected professor at Hebrew Union College, leads the reader to an understanding of the whole of Jewish lives — from blessings to bar/bat mitzvah, Havdalah to haftarah, and tikkun olam to tikkun Leil Shavuot. This user-friendly compendium for living a Jewish life is a wonderful tool for those seeking an understanding of current Reform Jewish practice.<BR>-- Definitive source for Reform Jewish practice<BR>-- Easy-to-use format<BR>-- Excellent resource for study or reference

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [329]-497).

About the Author

Dana Evan Kaplan is the rabbi of the United Congregation of Israelites in Kingston, Jamaica, and former rabbi of Temple Band#8217;nai Israel in Albany, Georgia. He is the author of Contemporary American Judaism: Transformation and Renewal, The Cambridge Companion to American Judaism, and American Reform Judaism: An Introduction. Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie isand#160;president emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism. Rabbi Rick Jacobs is president of the Union for Reform Judaism.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807407028
Editor:
Washofsky, Mark
Publisher:
Urj Press
Author:
Kaplan, Dana Evan
Author:
Jacobs, Rick
Author:
Washofsky, Mark
Author:
Yoffie, Eric H.
Location:
New York
Subject:
Judaism - Beliefs Practices Rituals
Subject:
North America
Subject:
Jewish law
Subject:
Reform judaism
Subject:
Judaism - Rituals & Practice
Subject:
Judaism - Reform
Subject:
Jewish law -- Reform Judaism.
Subject:
Reform Judaism - North America -
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
108-409
Publication Date:
20000831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
36 photographs, glossary, 1 timeline
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , This definitive guide is a complete source on Reform Jewish practice. This accessible compendium covers the full range of Jewish living, including worship, holidays, life-cycle events, tikkun olam, and everyday Jewish living. The author understands Reform Judaism as a modern development of two millennia of Jewish thinking, and in so doing he draws upon traditional Jewish texts and sources, as well as on the Reform literature that has emerged as a response to that tradition, to create a modern classic.
"Synopsis" by , This definitive guide for Reform Jewish practice is a complete source for those who wish to incorporate Jewish practice into their everyday lives. Mark Washofsky, a highly respected professor at Hebrew Union College, leads the reader to an understanding of the whole of Jewish lives — from blessings to bar/bat mitzvah, Havdalah to haftarah, and tikkun olam to tikkun Leil Shavuot. This user-friendly compendium for living a Jewish life is a wonderful tool for those seeking an understanding of current Reform Jewish practice.<BR>-- Definitive source for Reform Jewish practice<BR>-- Easy-to-use format<BR>-- Excellent resource for study or reference
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