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soc.culture.jewish FAQ: Reform Judaism (10/12)
Section - Question 18.4.13: Fallacy: Reform Jews don't care about Jewish ideals & principles

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                                  Answer:
   
   As was noted in the [5]Centenary Perspective
   ([6]http://www.ccarnet.org/platforms/centenary.html) in 1976, "the
   claims made upon [Reform Jews] 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."
   
   This is echoed in the [7]1999 Statement of Principles
   ([8]http://www.ccarnet.org/platforms/principles.html), which says:
     * We are called by Torah to lifelong study in the home, in the
       synagogue and in every place where Jews gather to learn and teach.
       Through Torah study we are called to (mitzvot), the means by which
       we make our lives holy.
     * 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. 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.
     * We bring Torah into the world when we seek to sanctify the times
       and places of our lives through regular home and congregational
       observance. Shabbat calls us to bring the highest moral values to
       our daily labor and to culminate the workweek with (kedushah),
       holiness, (menuchah), rest and (oneg), joy. The High Holy Days
       call us to account for our deeds. The Festivals enable us to
       celebrate with joy our people's religious journey in the context
       of the changing seasons. The days of remembrance remind us of the
       tragedies and the triumphs that have shaped our people's
       historical experience both in ancient and modern times. And we
       mark the milestones of our personal journeys with traditional and
       creative rites that reveal the holiness in each stage of life.

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