By W. Gunther Plaut,Solomon B. Freehof,Howard A. Berman
This 50th anniversary variation of W. Gunther Plaut’s vintage quantity at the beginnings of the Jewish Reform flow is up-to-date with a brand new advent by means of Howard A. Berman. The upward thrust of Reform Judaism covers the 1st 100 years of the move, from the time of the eighteenth-century Jewish Enlightenment chief Moses Mendelssohn to the belief of the Augsburg synod in 1871.
In those pages the founders who validated liberal Judaism converse for themselves via their journals and pamphlets, books and sermons, petitions and resolutions, and public arguments and disputations. each one choice comprises Plaut’s short creation and comic strip of the reformer. vital issues inside of Judaism are addressed in those writings: philosophy and theology, spiritual perform, synagogue providers, and private existence, in addition to controversies at the permissibility of organ tune, the creation of the sermon, the character of circumcision, the observance of the Sabbath, the rights of ladies, and the authenticity of the Bible.