Response to Modernity: A History of the Reform Movement in Judaism / Edition 1

Response to Modernity: A History of the Reform Movement in Judaism / Edition 1

by Michael A. Meyer
     
 

The movement for religious reform in modern Judaism represents one of the most significant phenomena in Jewish history during the last two hundred years. It introduced new theological conceptions and innovations in liturgy and religious practice that affected millions of Jews, first in central and Western Europe and later in the United States.

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The movement for religious reform in modern Judaism represents one of the most significant phenomena in Jewish history during the last two hundred years. It introduced new theological conceptions and innovations in liturgy and religious practice that affected millions of Jews, first in central and Western Europe and later in the United States.

Today Reform Judaism is one of the three major branches of Jewish faith. Bringing to life the ideas, issues, and personalities that have helped to shape modern Jewry, Response to Modernity offers a comprehensive and balanced history of the Reform Movement, tracing its changing configuration and self-understanding from the beginnings of modernization in late 18th century Jewish thought and practice through Reform's American renewal in the 1970s.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814325551
Publisher:
Wayne State University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1995
Series:
Studies in Jewish History
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
494
Sales rank:
1,050,125
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface: Considerations of Historiography
Prologue: The Question of Precedents3
1Adapting Judaism to the Modern World10
2Ideological Ferment62
3Growth and Conflict on German Soil100
4European Diffusion143
5Consolidation and Further Advance181
6America: The Reform Movement's Land of Promise225
7"Classical" Reform Judaism264
8Reorientation296
9An International Movement335
10The New American Reform Judaism353
Epilogue: In Quest of Continuity385
Appendix: The Platforms of American Reform Judaism387
Notes395
Bibliographical Essay475
Index479

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