The Rise of Reform Judaism: A Sourcebook of Its European Origins by W. Gunther PlautThe Rise of Reform Judaism: A Sourcebook of Its European Origins by W. Gunther Plaut

The Rise of Reform Judaism: A Sourcebook of Its European Origins

byW. Gunther PlautForeword bySolomon B. FreehofIntroduction byHoward A. Berman

Paperback | October 1, 2015

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This fiftieth anniversary edition of W. Gunther Plaut’s classic volume on the beginnings of the Jewish Reform Movement is updated with a new introduction by Howard A. Berman. The Rise of Reform Judaism covers the first one hundred years of the movement, from the time of the eighteenth-century Jewish Enlightenment leader Moses Mendelssohn to the conclusion of the Augsburg synod in 1871.

In these pages the founders who established liberal Judaism speak for themselves through their journals and pamphlets, books and sermons, petitions and resolutions, and public arguments and disputations. Each selection includes Plaut’s brief introduction and sketch of the reformer. Important topics within Judaism are addressed in these writings: philosophy and theology, religious practice, synagogue services, and personal life, as well as controversies on the permissibility of organ music, the introduction of the sermon, the nature of circumcision, the observance of the Sabbath, the rights of women, and the authenticity of the Bible.

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 o...
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Title:The Rise of Reform Judaism: A Sourcebook of Its European OriginsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.75 × 5.97 × 0.75 inPublished:October 1, 2015Publisher:The Jewish Publication SocietyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0827612168

ISBN - 13:9780827612167

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the 50th Anniversary Edition by Howard A. Berman

Foreword by Solomon B. Freehof

Introduction

CHAPTER I: TRAIL BLAZERS

1. The First Generation

2. The Journals

CHAPTER II: NEW TEMPLES, NEW PRAYER BOOKS

1. Seesen, 1810

2. Hamburg, 1817

3. Vienna, 1826

4. Metz,1841

5. London, 1842

6. 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

Editorial Reviews

"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 - 19640601