Response to Modernity: A History of the Reform Movement in Judaism [NOOK Book]

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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, ...
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Response to Modernity: A History of the Reform Movement in Judaism

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814337554
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1995
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 494
  • Sales rank: 1,141,784
  • File size: 19 MB
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Meet the Author

Michael A. Meyer is Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Jewish History at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati and the international president of the Leo Baeck Institute. He received his Ph.D. from Hebrew Union College.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Considerations of Historiography
Prologue: The Question of Precedents 3
1 Adapting Judaism to the Modern World 10
2 Ideological Ferment 62
3 Growth and Conflict on German Soil 100
4 European Diffusion 143
5 Consolidation and Further Advance 181
6 America: The Reform Movement's Land of Promise 225
7 "Classical" Reform Judaism 264
8 Reorientation 296
9 An International Movement 335
10 The New American Reform Judaism 353
Epilogue: In Quest of Continuity 385
Appendix: The Platforms of American Reform Judaism 387
Notes 395
Bibliographical Essay 475
Index 479
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