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Jewish Living: A Guide to Contemporary Reform Practice Paperback – September, 2010

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Mark Washofsky is the associate professor of rabbinics at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio, and serves as chair of the CCAR Responsa Committee.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 497 pages
  • Publisher: UAHC Press; 1st edition (September 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080740702X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807407028
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #770,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the best reference available for Reform Halacha. Halacha refers traditionally to Jewish law, and it has been argued that the Reform movement is "non-Halachic" but Rabbi Washofsky counters this view, positing that there is such a thing as Reform Halacha, interpreted to be "practice." It covers the expected areas of prayer and synagogue life and holiday observance, as well as areas generally considered to be outside the concern of Reform -- such as the dietary laws. Other topics are: life cycle, conversion, medical ethics, between Jews and non-Jews, Reform Judaism in relation to the Jewish Community at large, Judaism and Society. Over all, it really is an excellent guide to Jewish practice as it affects all aspects of life, from the most significant of times to the seemingly everyday.
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Perhaps more than in any other century of Jewish history, the Jewish people of today are heavily divided over matters of faith, religious observance, and the best way to preserve Jewish continuity in an ever changing world. Modern values are contrasted against ancient narratives, and Jews of today are deeply concerned that the Judaism known and practiced for millenia is slowly diappearing for reasons often defined by one's own perspective on the issues. Jews on the right feel that Judaism must become even more strict in its adherence to ancient customs and rabbinic law if Judaism is to survive. Jews on the left say that ancient customs stifle the true worth of Judaism, which are its moral values, while blind adherence to the ritual customs and ancient laws of Jewish religion turn Jews away from Judaism itself.

Many orthodox Jews, in effect, think that Progressive Judaism is kind of an anti-Judaism, and that progressive Jews have no sense or respect for Jewish history or Jewish law whose ultimate end will be the disappearance of authentic Judaism all together. Sadly enough, many progressive Jews also believe that what defines progressive Judaism is a rejection of ancient rabbinic law. Some progressive Jews go even further and believe that the Reform movement was founded on a complete rejection of Jewish law. In other words, Reform Judaism is movement that seeks to erase the importance of historic Jewish law in Jewish practice. However, the true brilliance and worth of this book challenges such ignorant thinking about modern progressive Jewish religion. It sets the record straight for both progressive and traditional leaning Jews that Reform Judaism actively engages the historic Jewish law through the process of reforming Judaism by the proces of the law itself.
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Very informative and provides a very easy to follow content. It has a great table of contents that makes searching for your desired subject very simple.
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This book provides a lot of information while contrasting and comparing traditional Judaism with Reform practices. It is easy to read and understand as well as interesting.
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A great great addition to any Reform household. Lots of information. Glad I have it as a reference. A must.
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A great book for the "new Jew". Helps to make rituals and holidays clear. A must for all those who wish to round-out their education.
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book arrived in great condition
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Much more than I expected.
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