Patrilineal Dissent

By Donald A. Tam

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, March 4, 1994

The author, a Reform rabbi who originally voted in favor of the Reform Movement's decision in 1983 to accept patrilineal descent (along with a commitment to raise the child Jewish) as an acceptable basis for Jewish identity, writes that the decision has had many negative unforeseen consequences. Judaism should not be distilled into sociology only, he writes, and the chance of a real schism in the Jewish world is too high a risk to take.

Topic: Halakha, Continuity, Jewish Law, Policy, Change, Jewish Identity, Liberal Judaism, Jewish Continuity, Religious Denominations, Reform Judaism, Intermarriage, Jewish Identification, Identity

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Cardin, Nina Beth

Volume/Issue: Vol.24/no.469

Page Number(s): 1-3

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Tam, Donald A. Patrilineal Dissent. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 4 March 1994: 1-3.


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