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The Rise of Reform Judaism
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Introduction to the 50th Anniversary Edition by Howard A. BermanForeword by Solomon B. FreehofIntroductionCHAPTER I: TRAIL BLAZERS1. The First Generation2. The JournalsCHAPTER II: NEW TEMPLES, NEW PRAYER BOOKS1. Seesen, 18102. Hamburg, 18173. Vienna, 18264. Metz,18415. London, 18426. Frankfort, 1842
7. Berlin, 1844
8. Worms, 1848
9. Pesth, 1848
CHAPTER III: THE GREAT CONTROVERSY--TIKTIN VS. GEIGER
CHAPTER IV: CONFERENCES AND SYNODS
1. The French Sanhedrin
2. The Rabbinic Conferences
3. The Synods
CHAPTER V: NEW PATTERNS OF THOUGHT
1. General Considerations
2. The "Science of Judaism"
3. The Bible and Its Text
4. The Authority of Tradition
CHAPTER VI: A PEOPLE AND ITS FAITH
1. Revelation
2. The Jewish People--Dispersion and Restoration
3. The Mission of Israel
4. The Messiah
5. Judaism and Christianity
CHAPTER VII: WORSHIP REFORM
1. Changing the Prayer Book
2. The Sermon
3. Vernacular and Hebrew in the Service
4. Synagogue Music
5. Bar Mitzvah and Confirmation
6. Covering the Head
7. Torah Reading and Piyutim
CHAPTER VIII: SABBATH AND HOLIDAY OBSERVANCE
l. The Sabbath
2. The Holidays
CHAPTER IX: THE PERSONAL LIFE
l. Circumcision
2. Dietary Laws
3. Marriage
4. Mourning Practices
5. Home Observance
CHAPTER X: THE COMMUNITY
1. The Rabbinic Office
2. The Public Oath
3. Apostates
4. Jewish Education
5. The Status of Women
6. For the Sake of Heaven
7. A Guide for Reform Judaism
Bibliographical Notes
Index

About the Author

Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut (1912-2012) was a longtime rabbi of Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto. The author of more than twenty books on Jewish theology, history, and culture, he is best known for The Torah: A Modern Commentary. Rabbi Solomon B. Freehof (1892-1990) was a leader of the Reform Jewish Movement and a world-renowned interpreter of Jewish law. Rabbi Howard A. Berman is the executive director of the Society for Classical Reform Judaism. He lectures at congregations throughout the United States on behalf of the society and teaches regularly at Hebrew Union College.

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"The characteristic diversity within Reform Judaism is underscored on virtually every page of Plaut's volumes."-Rabbi Howard A. Berman, executive director of the Society for Classical Reform Judaism -- Rabbi Howard A. Berman
"The work of Rabbi Plaut is not only crucial for an understanding of Reform Judaism; it is also indispensable for grasping the development and history of Judaism in the modern world."-Rabbi David Ellenson, chancellor and past president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion -- Rabbi David Ellenson
"This valuable collection of source materials is designed to acquaint the reader with the primary forces in the development of Reform Judaism in Europe. From a wide range of essays, articles, speeches, and other writings, Dr. Plaut judiciously selects those that best represent the thinking of the leaders as well as of the lesser, more obscure figures of the Reform movement."-Commentary magazine * Commentary magazine *

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