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Reform or Reactive Judaism:
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Perhaps nothing expresses the historical
tension within Judaism better than Scholem Aleichem's Tevya, the Milkman.
Tevya, the embodiment of tradition, must inexorably adapt to the ever-changing
social and religious circumstances surrounding him. He is neither arbiter
of his family's evolution, nor master of the influences injecting themselves
capriciously upon it. And yet, Tevya's "tradition" succumbs
to his desire to accommodate and sustain his family. He might have chosen
otherwise, as many in his generation did.
As Jewish professionals, we are particularly sensitive to this tension between accommodating and leading. How well do we anticipate what changes should take place and how often do we make changes in the aftermath of social pressures? Reform Judaism has aligned itself with a history it sees as evolutionary, yet are there limits to the various forms of "religious reform" in the modern world?
Our study of cases from antiquity to the present will inform our discussion of the many complexities of this issue. Modern tools of sociology will be used to ask questions that our ideological ancestors could not have anticipated. What do the demographic studies of the past decades tell us about Jews in America? In what way has Reform Judaism adapted itself to the evidence? In what ways might leaders of Reform Judaism use this information to "create" rather than "react?"
An opportunity for text-based study with an engaging scholar, Dr. Robert Gibbs of the University of Toronto, author of Why Ethics? This course provides a forum for rolling up your sleeves and getting involved in text study at its most vital. What do contemporary Jewish thinkers learn from their reading of Tanakh and Talmud? How is text study itself a kind of ethical thinking?
June 20-23, 2004
As preparation for this limud, you are encouraged to read through the Four Gospels and to familiarize yourself with their different versions of the passion story (from the Last supper to the end). Any translation will do, though Adele Reinhartz favors the New Revised Standard Version.
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