Orthodox vs. Reform Judaism

5 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2011

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DiMarkco Stephen Chandler

Claremont Graduate University; California State University, Northridge

Date Written: December 22, 2011


Judaism has been perhaps the most influential religion in the annals of history. Nonetheless, in terms of numbers, it is perhaps the least populous of the high religions. Critics of Judaism have claimed that the reason why they have not exploded with growth like Christianity and Islamic tradition is because of their rigorous rituals and their proclivity toward exclusivity. Today, this assertion is arguably false because the majority of Jews in modern times are members of Reform synagogues. Thus, this paper will explore the Reform movement as it compares with the old Orthodox ways of observing Jewish ritual and law.

Keywords: Jews, Orthodox Jewry, Christianity, Reform Judaism, history, Tanak

Suggested Citation

Chandler, DiMarkco Stephen, Orthodox vs. Reform Judaism (December 22, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1975637 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1975637

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