Patrilineality: a Colossal Blunder

By Clifford E. Librach

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

The author, a Reform rabbi, writes that 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 was "a colossal blunder, a historic mistake which sent the entire Reform movement into a tailspin of sectarian self-destruction." The author criticizes the Sh'ma journal for its previous issue (dedicated to the tenth anniversary of this decision) for failing to include negative reactions to the anniversary of the decision.

Topic: Halakha, Continuity, Jewish Law, Policy, Jewish Identity, Change, 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): 3-3

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Librach, Clifford E. Patrilineality: a Colossal Blunder. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 4 March 1994: 3-3. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7485


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