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soc.culture.jewish FAQ: Reform Judaism (10/12)
Section - Question 18.4.1: Fallacy: Reform Jews (RJs) choose practice based solely on convenience

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                                  Answer:
   
   The [5]1976 Centenary Statement
   ([6]http://www.ccarnet.org/platforms/centenary.html), adopted in 1976
   stated:
   
     "Judaism emphasizes action rather than creed as the primary
     expression of a religious life, the means by which we strive to
     achieve universal justice and peace. Reform Judaism shares this
     emphasis on duty and obligation. Our founders stressed that the
     Jew's ethical responsibilities, personal and social, are enjoined
     by G-d. The past century has taught us that the claims made upon us
     may begin with our ethical obligations but they extend to many
     other aspects of Jewish living, including: creating a Jewish home
     centered on family devotion; life-long study; private prayer and
     public worship; daily religious observance; keeping the Sabbath and
     the holy days; celebrating the major events of life; involvement
     with the synagogue and community; and other activities which
     promote the survival of the Jewish people and enhance its
     existence. Within each area of Jewish observance Reform Jews are
     called upon to confront the claims of Jewish tradition, however,
     differently perceived, and to exercise their individual autonomy,
     choosing and creating on the basis of commitment and knowledge."
     
   The [7]1999 Statement of Principles
   ([8]http://www.ccarnet.org/platforms/principles.html) says:
   
     We are committed to the ongoing study of the whole array of
     (mitzvot) and to the fulfillment of those that address us as
     individuals and as a community [Emph. added by editor]. Some of
     these (mitzvot), sacred obligations, have long been observed by
     Reform Jews; others, both ancient and modern, demand renewed
     attention as the result of the unique context of our own times.

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