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    • David M
    • 18.06.10 | 18:51 (IDT)

    OK. A few things need to be clear. Does Reform believe that Mount Sinai was a historical event? No. Does it believe that Hashem, the Creator of the Universe, revealed the Torah? No. Does it believe that the Torah is a document conceived by human beings with ethical lessons to teach? Yes. If so, why not change the document to another one, a more upgraded version? Of course, that has been the trend. In my view, Reform needs to reform its core belief system in a way that actually is in harmony with what Jews who have believed in the word of their parents, parents' parents...all the way back to Mt. Sinai be. Otherwise, the movement, which has very good intentions and a great ethical impetus, should rename itself the Traditional Jewish Ethics society and do away with the religious aspects. After all, why pretend to serve G-d when the congregation's Rabbi doesn't believe that G-d has ever been in direct contact with Moses or the prophets and thus, the commandments are just human inventions?

    from the article: Rabbi Yoffie’s legacy: ‘old ideas’ for Reform Judaism
    First published 07:48 18.06.10 | Last updated 07:48 18.06.10
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