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    • Fred
    • 15.08.07 | 16:36 (IDT)

    The Reform movement considers personal Jewish authenticity as the highest mitzvah. This explains why some kids at the Reform Kutz camp walked out of a service they deemed too inauthentically Jewish for them. At the same time, for Reform Jews for whom Jewish authenticity requires reaching out and being inclusive, creating a blessing for a sex change operation is also a Jewish act. The question to ask is what happens when the search for personal Jewish authenticity leads to mutually exclusive conclusions? In halachic Judaism, there is the notion of "eilu v'eilu" - if we both follow the halachic path, it is perfectly ok to come up with different conclusions. But when your authenticity impinges on mine, inclusion may reach a breaking point.

    from the article: Reform Movement publishes blessings for sex change operation
    First published 00:00 15.08.07 | Last updated 00:00 15.08.07
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