Ethical Theories in the Reform Movement

Michael Marmur

in The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199736065
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Ethical Theories in the Reform Movement

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This chapter traces the emergence of Reform Jewish ethical sensibility from its early days in nineteenth-century Germany through its evolution to modern America, Israel, and beyond, identifying four major sensibilities that, while chronologically presented, are nevertheless found among contemporary Reform Jews. These include the notion that ethics rightfully should be the first theology of Judaism, a passion for tikkun olam (repairing the world from injustices), a suspicion and critique of modernity, and an ethics of authenticity.

Keywords: Reform Jews; Jewish ethics; Germany; ethical sensibility; Jewish theology; tikkun olam; modernity; authenticity

Article.  9543 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Judaism and Jewish Studies ; Religious Studies

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