MembersFor the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life

In the first part of the Emergence of the New Judaism series published in Israel Today (Jan 2017), I wrote that “Judaism today looks much like a large construction site in its initial stages.

By Tsvi Sadan |
SEARCHING THE SCRIPTURES There is a growing movement among religious Jews to break the shackles of Orthodoxy Photo: Yaakov Naumi/Flash90

Surrounded by the protective fencing of Orthodoxy, an army of workers, many without experience, is running senselessly amidst an array of secular, Orthodox, Reform, Zionist and non-Zionist scaffolds, while building materials and piles of debris lie scattered all over the place. What looks now to be shapeless will hopefully turn into a beautiful, fully-functional building.”

 

The series only touches the surface of this incredible effort that takes many shapes and forms. One concern that keeps showing up is the need to make Judaism relevant for today’s world. Judaism is committed to 16th century Rabbi Yosef Karo’s book Shulchan Aruch (Set Table) that regulates every aspect of Jewish life. The grip of this book on Jewish life is so strong that challenging it is perceived as questioning Judaism itself. It therefore takes courage to publicly call for a kind of revolution in Halacha (Jewish Law).

 

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