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Modern Denominations of Judasim. From Living Judaism by Rabbi Wayne Dosick. Orthodox Judaism. Mainstream Judaism Belief in the direct revelation of divine law which was recorded in the Torah It is eternal, unchanging, and the sole guide for life

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Modern denominations of judasim

Modern Denominations of Judasim

From Living Judaism by Rabbi Wayne Dosick


Orthodox judaism
Orthodox Judaism

  • Mainstream Judaism

  • Belief in the direct revelation of divine law which was recorded in the Torah

    • It is eternal, unchanging, and the sole guide for life

    • Carefully and strictly observe the commandments as the direct will of God

    • Ultra-Orthodox assert that complete separation from secular society


Chasidism sect of orthodox
Chasidism—Sect of Orthodox

Famous for their dress. From eastern Europe in the early 18th C. Emphasizes both contemplative meditation and fervent joy.

Lubavitch Chasidism (Chabad) is contemporary American Chasidism


Reform judaism
Reform Judaism

  • Early 19th C. Germany

  • Assert authorship of Torah to Divinely inspired human beings

  • Modern worship mostly in vernacular


Conservative judaism
Conservative Judaism

  • Response to Reform mid to late 19th C. Europe

  • Agree that change was necessary but felt Reform had eliminated too many basic Jewish practices

  • Motto is “tradition and change”

  • Fiddler on the Roof


Reconstructionist judaism
Reconstructionist Judaism

  • Early 1920s in US by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan

  • Judaism is not merely a religion, but an evolving religious civilization, a peoplehood, a culture, as well as a faith community


All of judaism
All of Judaism

  • To accept Torah and fulfill its mitzvot

  • To embrace the ethical mandate of Judaism

  • To regulate existence to Judaism’s rituals & observances

  • To support Jewish causes

  • To be a devoted member of the Jewish community

  • To maintain a bond and a sense of mutual interdependence with the Jewish Land

  • To feel a connection to Jewish history

  • To be committed to the creative survival of the Jewish future


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