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5 Responses to “What are 3 aspects of Reform Judaism that were not adopted by Orthodox?”

  • Liberal AssKicker:

    You’ve got that backwards.

    Orthodox is defined by NOT adopting reform methods.
    Reform is the act of changing orthodox for the better.

  • Convert Ruth Aravah:

    answer: Liberal is correct. Reform Judaism is the newer of the two branches.

    1) Reform Judaism believes that the individual determines how the mitzvot, the commandments fits in one’s life. Some Reform Jews keep kashrut but not strictly. Most Reform Jewish males wear the kippah at synagogue and during prayer, there was a time most Reform men didn’t.

    2) Some Reform Jews believe that the Torah was inspired by G-d. Orthodox Jews believe the Torah to be directly from G-d.

    3) Most Reform Jews believe parts of the Torah are teaching stories, the first part of Genesis for example. A majority of the Orthodox believe the stories are literal.

  • Mal S:

    i teach judaism and even tho i am not orthodox . orthodox observes all of judaism reform maybe 1%

  • Ely:

    Reform Jews do not follow many of the rules of the Torah, which are mostly in the Tanya.

    Reform: believe that anyone who says there Jewish is Jewish.
    Orthodox: the Jewish people are the chosen people, and if someone wants to become Jewish, they must first study the TOrah, its teachings, prove to the RAbbi who is converting them that they will daven everyday, keep shabbos, keep kosher, and follow all other rules. Only then, may that person attempt to be converted.
    Reform: The keeping of the sabbath (shabbos), keeping kosher (food restrictions), and family purity (an extremely complicated mitzvah, good deed) are not important.
    Orthodox: The three mitzvahs listed above are the MOST IMPORTANT, the three that must be obeyed, and that, for lack of a better word, classify you as orthodox, or frum(observant).
    There are also a lot of little things that reform Jews believe/practice that are against Orthodox belieifs/practices like, allowing a women to be a Rabbi, eating pork, not davening everyday, girls wearing kepas and/or tzitzis. Reform Jews pronunciation of the Torah is also seen as blasphemous to many Orthodox Jews, because they read the hebrew (sometimes) incorrectly….

  • allonyoav:

    Orthodox Judaism is the form of Judaism that Reform broke away from.

    Essentially the major differences in the two movements are:
    1) Orthodox Judaism insists on the divine origin of the Torah – Reform doe snto and leaves it up to each person to decide for themselves
    2) Orthodox Judaism insists that the Torah is an eternal document and thus its laws are binding for all time- reform does not and states the laws must be understood within the confines of the society of the time
    3)Orthodox Judaism insists that the rabbinical understanding of the laws, and the protections they enacted around them, found in the Talmud are binding- Reform claims that the Mishnah is not divine (Orthodox Jews state it was given at Mt Sinai with the written torah) but only the opinion of men- thus modern Rabbis have the right to ignore it and to enact their understanding of the laws within the context of their own societal expectations

    note: ely is wrong- the laws of Judaism are NOT in Tanya! The laws fo Judaism are from the Torah (written and oral) and are found in the Torah (written law) and Mishnah (oral law). The Mishnah combined with the Gemorrah (explanations, elucidations and commentaries on the Mishnah) form the Talmud. You are also incorrect in stating that Kashrut is a major mitzvah- it isn’t, iut is required of the convert to state they will keep kosher as a symbol that they accept all the mitzvot- major and minor! The major ones that the convert has to accept are: Recognising G-d as the Malchei hamelachim, creator fot hew world and only deity, a public renunciation of all prior beliefs and an acceptance of the truth and validity of the Torah, and the agrrement to follow all the mitzvot d’oraiso and the gezeirot d’rabbanan

    Tanya is a book written by Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi in the early 19th century. It represents the basic understanding of Kabbalah as taught by the Baal Shem Tov (abbreviates as Besht), the originator of the Chassidic movement in Judaism. It differs from the standard understanding of the Kabbalah used by the non-Chassidic Jews which follow the understand of the Arizal with whom the Besht disagrees on some key issues. As such, most Orthodox don’t read or study the Tanya though it is very comonly studied in the Chassidic Chabad Lubavitch sect as this sect was started bt R’ shneur Zalman of Liadi

    convert Ruth- the majority of Orthodox Jews do NOT take Bereishit literally. the majority are quite willing to accept it as allegorical and to tie things in with the scientific understanding of the events. An excellent book on this topic written by an Orthodox Jew is ‘genesis and the Big bang” by Gerald Schroeder. it is also not a recent innovation to take that approach- Ramban uses it in his commentary to the Torah in the 13th century.

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