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Throughout history, Jews have remained firmly rooted in Jewish tradition, even as we learned much from our encounters with other cultures. Nevertheless, since its earliest days, Reform Judaism has asserted that a Judaism frozen in time is an heirloom, not a living fountain. The great contribution of Reform Judaism is that it has enabled the Jewish people to introduce innovation while preserving tradition, to embrace diversity while asserting commonality, to affirm beliefs without rejecting those who doubt, and to bring faith to sacred texts without sacrificing critical scholarship.
Reform Judaism affirms the central tenets of Judaism - God, Torah and Israel - even as it acknowledges the diversity of Reform Jewish beliefs and practices. We believe that all human beings are created in the image of God, and that we are God’s partners in improving the world. Tikkun olam — repairing the world — is a hallmark of Reform Judaism as we strive to bring peace, freedom, and justice to all people.
Reform Jews accept the Torah as the foundation of Jewish life containing God’s ongoing revelation to our people and the record of our people’s ongoing relationship with God. We see the Torah as God inspired, a living document that enables us to confront the timeless and timely challenges of our everyday lives.
In addition to our belief that Judaism must change and adapt to the needs of the day to survive and our firm commitment to Tikkun Olam, the following principles distinguish Reform Jews from other streams of Judaism in North America.
Reform Jews are committed to the principle of inclusion, not exclusion. Since 1978 the Reform Movement has been reaching out to Jews-by-choice and interfaith families, encouraging them to embrace Judaism. Reform Jews consider children to be Jewish if they are the child of a Jewish father or mother, so long as the child is raised as a Jew.
Reform Jews are committed to the absolute equality of women in all areas of Jewish life. We were the first movement to ordain women rabbis, invest women cantors, and elect women presidents of our synagogues.
Reform Jews are also committed to the full participation of gays and lesbians in synagogue life as well as society at large.
Reform Judaism (also known as Progressive Judaism while in the U.K. Reform Judaism and Liberal Judaism together make up Progressive Judaism) is a branch of Judaism characterized by:
-The belief that an individual's personal autonomy overrides traditional Jewish law and custom. The individual decides which Jewish practices, if any, to adopt as binding
-A positive attitude toward modern culture
-The belief that both traditional rabbinic modes of study, and more modern critical textual analysis, are valid ways to learn about and from the Hebrew Bible and rabbinic literature.
-A non-fundamentalist method of understanding the Jewish principles of faith, along with the belief that no Jew need accept all - or any particular - principles of faith. In Reform Judaism, it is the individual who decides which beliefs, if any, to adopt as binding.
judsism is not the firs religion as they claim oftenly. first book was given to adam . Torah or bible is only 3500 years older. bible is given for people of middle east. zenda vesta was given for persians and vedas for indo aryans
MINHAZ ALIjudsism is not the firs religion as they claim oftenly. first book was given to adam . Torah or bible is only 3500 years older. bible is given for people of middle east. zenda vesta was given for persians and vedas for indo aryans
Not to make a personal swipe, but what??????? That just came out of some misspelled left field.
Prior to these texts, the Sumerians and Babylonians had text, and religious (moral philosophical) beliefs written.
Before anyone knew, or thought to care about these texts, the Sumer had written the Enuma Elish, which covers creation, and the separation of good and evil. Ever since then the next round of civilization has incorporated the older civilizations myths/beliefs, renaming a character here and there, and calling it new and divine. Christians have been doing it for centuries, with many of the most popular saints just borrowed for pagan and eastern religions. This was done to help bring these people into the Christian flock. Now, worshippers of Roman Catholicism don't even know their deities are just borrowed from heathens, many birthed from the earlier Greek/Roman pantheon. What is Genesis, and much of the old testament (at least the books that were included and adopted, the Gnostic, amongst many other sects where a part of this myth creation) except the retelling of the Zoroastrian creation, and the Christian judgment day isn't even changed from the end of world belief of the Zoroaster. Zoroaster seems an amalgamation of the older religions at the time in the Persian area; again, even the genesis myth can be correlated to the Sumar, and the slaying Tiamat by Marduk. The time before creation of heaven, earth, sky, and sea when Tiamat reigned with the multiple caste of winged beast (sound like angles, and the different choirs of Catholic Dogma?). Love and be at peace. J