Posts Tagged: mitzvot

Amidah antics -OR- The way Reform Jews should think about prayer



By David A.M. Wilensky (First published on The Reform Shuckle)(A follow-up of sorts to William Berkson’s post about commandedness)  A Shabat morning with Chavurat Lamdeinu, progressive non-denominational minyan extraordinaire, is always full of oddities, whether it’s just the assortment of people or the comments made throughout the service. This week was no different, except that this week’s […]

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Strengthening Reform 15: The Great Mitzvah Muddle



by William BerksonThe latest expression of the principles of Reform Judaism is the six-page “Pittsburgh Principles” of 1999. The book A Vision of Holiness: The Future of Reform Judaism, by Rabbi Richard Levy, begins with this statement, and expands on it to explain it more fully. One of the questions that was put to focus […]

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Strengthening Reform: 14. The Idol of Autonomy



By William BerksonWhat should Reform congregations do by way of studies for children, for adults? What personal ethics should they espouse? What social reforms should they advocate? What rituals, celebrations, and memorials should they practice? What should the content of the prayer book? What home rituals should they encourage? And who should make these decisions? […]

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Why Talitot



By Larry KaufmanIt’s the custom in our congregation for the person who presents the d’var Torah to pose questions for discussion by the kahal, the community. Leading the discussion on Shelach Lecha, I noted that this parashah includes the commandment to wear fringes, a commandment that was essentially negated in Reform Judaism by the Pittsburgh […]

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