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Reform Judaism
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1. Definition

Reform Judaism is a movement within Judaism that emerged in the 19th century, initially in Germany; its goal was to adapt the traditional religion to the challenges of the late modern period. In addition to the term Reform Judaism, we also find the terms liberal and progressive Judaism. The movement, though, is substantially earlier than the name. The initial intent was not to form a new independent group but only to correct certain phenomen…

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Haußig, Hans-Michael, “Reform Judaism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026308>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107



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