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Reform Judaism
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[German Version]

The Reform movement in Judaism (III) emerged as a religious response to the increasing intellectual, social, and political integration of Jews in Central Europe, especially Germany, during the first decades of the 19th century. The debate with the Enlightenment had raised questions as to the viability of traditional Judaism in the modern world and evoked a clearly perceptible need to adapt Judaism to the new conditions of Jewish life outside the medieval ghetto.

Reforms were introduced in worship, including greater emphasis on external norms of conduct…

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Meyer, Michael A., “Reform Judaism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124560>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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