Reform Judaism


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Reform Judaism

n.
The branch of Judaism introduced in the 1800s that seeks to reconcile historical Judaism with modern life and does not require strict observance of traditional religious law and ritual.

Reform Judaism

n
(Judaism) a movement in Judaism originating in the 19th century, which does not require strict observance of the law, but adapts the historical forms of Judaism to the contemporary world. Compare Orthodox Judaism, Conservative Judaism

Reform′ Ju′daism


n.
a branch of Judaism that stresses ethical teachings and frequently simplifies or rejects traditional beliefs and practices to meet the conditions of contemporary life. Compare Orthodox Judaism, Conservative Judaism.
[1900–05]
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Noun1.Reform Judaism - the most liberal Jews; Jews who do not follow the Talmud strictly but try to adapt all of the historical forms of Judaism to the modern world
Hebraism, Jewish religion, Judaism - Jews collectively who practice a religion based on the Torah and the Talmud
Reform Jew - liberal Jew who tries to adapt all aspects of Judaism to modern circumstances
2.Reform Judaism - beliefs and practices of Reform Jews
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
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The fact that Birthright Israel has decided to halt their outreach to Arab citizens of Israel shows just how out of touch Birthright is becoming," said Rick Jacobs, president of the Union of Reform Judaism.
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Reform Judaism, the branch of Judaism with which the most American Jews identify, is a progressive movement making tremendous efforts to be welcoming and inclusive.
This was the predominant view of American Reform Judaism from its inception.
In February, on a radio show Beck criticized Reform Judaism as political in nature, and compared it to political Islam, a comment which received a backlash from a multitude of Jewish groups and leaders.
Weiss, New York: [Union for Reform Judaism] URJ/Women of Reform Judaism, 2008, 1350 pp.
Again, Weill argues for changes in Judaism, but they are different from those proposed by Reform Judaism.
JERUSALEM: A senior Israeli Orthodox rabbi accused adherents of less strict Reform Judaism of "sticking claws" into his followers, in an unusually harsh letter published Friday.
Fruhauf's account of the synagogue organ's development and controversy reveals a compelling new dimension to the history of changing Jewish identities and practices during the development of Reform Judaism from the Haskalah to Kristallacht.
Reform Judaism, until well into the twentieth century, opposed Zionism as a form of particularism, which would diminish the universality of Jewish ethics (which they argued was superior to Christian faith), as well as laying Jews open to the charge of dual loyalty.