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What Kind of Jew are You?


Jews around the world are in the midst of the 10 holy days between Rosh Hashanah (new year) and Yom Kippur (day of atonement). It is these two high holy days in which the majority of Jews make their twice-a-year appearance at synagogues. This also means the rabbis work hard to develop their best sermons because they’re in front of their largest gatherings.

It was my rabbi’s sermon on Rosh Hashanah that gave me the idea for this post. He talked about the Reform movement (as opposed to Orthodox,  Conservative and Reconstructionist) and emphasized that he is a Reform Jew.

He repeated himself: Reform Jew. Not Reformed Jew. To be Reformed, he said, “would suggest that we are done reforming or perhaps that we have somehow been rehabilitated from our Jewishness altogether.”

This struck me because, while I knew it was called the Reform movement, I always considered myself a Reformed Jew. I’ve mislabeled myself all these years.

So, for all you who also pegged yourselves or your friends/relatives/strangers as Reformed Jews, cast off your “-ed” shackles and embrace the Reform!

Amen! Hallelujah!

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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September 12, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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