In Praise of Reform Theology

By Dana Evan Kaplan

Forward Association, March 16, 2011

In my February 25 article, “The Theological  Roots of Reform Judaism’s Woes,” I wrote that contemporary Reform Judaism’s  pluralistic theologies and focus on individual autonomy had made it difficult for Reform  congregations to make demands upon their members. The result is that Reform  laypeople are too often apathetic. Many of the responses the article received were from Orthodox
Jews suggesting that Reform Jews should jump ship and embrace Orthodoxy. This is a profound misunderstanding of my message. Reform Judaism is the best representation of our religion.

Topic: Theology, Reform Judaism, Faith, Orthodox Judaism, Belief, Jewish Text, Modernity, Values

Name of Publication: Jewish Daily Forward

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