The Theological Roots of Reform Judaism's Woe

By Dana Evan Kaplan

Forward Association, February 25, 2011

The root of the problem facing liberal Judaism is theological. The pluralistic theologies of Reform Judaism make it difficult to  reach consensus on what we Reform Jews believe on any given issue. The liberal  approach to observance makes it impossible to set and maintain high expectations in  terms of communal participation. As members focus on what they want rather than what  they can contribute, it becomes increasingly difficult to build committed religious  communities. Many Reform synagogues have large numbers on the books but  few active participants. This unhealthy situation cannot continue indefinitely. We are  now seeing the consequences of the benign neglect that has been plaguing Reform Judaism for many years.

Topic: Theology, Reform Judaism, Faith, Belief, Religious Denominations, Values

Name of Publication: Jewish Daily Forward

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Kaplan, Dana Evan. The Theological Roots of Reform Judaism's Woe. Jewish Daily Forward. Forward Association. 25 February 2011:


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