Richard Levy

Reform Backlash Over ‘Ten Principles’

12/04/1998
Staff Writer
The Reform movement is embroiled in an emotional national debate on the future of its belief system. At issue is a controversial draft document titled the “Ten Principles of Reform Judaism” that seeks to set guidelines for how North America’s 1.2 million Reform Jews should practice their faith in the 21st century. Rather than fostering unity, the platform, authored by the leader of the movement’s rabbinic arm, has provoked a firestorm of criticism from Reform lay leaders, academics and rabbis nationwide.

Reform Rabbis Embrace Ritual — Carefully

05/28/1999
Staff Writer
After months of intense debate, Reform Judaism this week charted a cautious new course into the next century by approving a moderate platform designed to keep the peace among its traditional and classical wings.
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