CONTEMPORARY REFORM JEWISH THOUGHT by Bernard--Ed. Martin

CONTEMPORARY REFORM JEWISH THOUGHT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The spirit of Reform Judaism is best summarized in the word halacha--""the way of the Fathers applied to our time."" This collection of essays by a dozen distinguished rabbis has as its purpose to clarify the directions in which halacha is evolving in the latter half of the twentieth century. The essays generally fall into two categories: those dealing with the concept of God, and those elucidating the content of the term ""Israel."" The ""anchor"" piece is that of the editor, Rabbi Martin; it is a survey, precise and perceptive, of the whole of Reform Jewish theology today, and it is the most informative of a group of pieces which, though almost uniformly excellent, are of limited scope because of the authors' preoccupation with the speculative, and their neglect of the practical, aspects of modern theology. This latter consideration will make Contemporary Reform Jewish Thought of more interest to the rabbi and to the student of theology than to the layman. The natural home for the book will be the shelves of theological libraries, both Christian and Jewish.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1968
Publisher: Quadrangle Books