REFORMulation of Judaism
Howard L. Winkler
response to the frequently asked question “Why could he
or she do things that you can’t do? Aren’t you both
is the Jewish year 5765. We received the Torah at Mount Sinai
approximately 3302 years ago. The Torah is our “Bible”,
the “Word of G-D”, and our “Law”. Traditional
Judaism continues until now but not without its detractors and
the late 1800’s a group of assimilated Jews in Germany
decided to do to Judaism what Coca-Cola did (to their formula)
a few years ago, they REFORMulated
Judaism. They threw out the old and brought in the new!
changes were so drastic that many of the followers of the new
religion didn’t recognize any of the practices as the
Judaism they knew. A group of reformers separated to become
the “Conservative” members of reform “Judaism”
and eventually broke away to form their own “Conservative”
movement of Judaism which is closer to Traditional Judaism but
falls short on observance as they are not quite sure if the
Torah is given by G-D or written by man.
REFORMulated Jews or “Reform”
as they call themselves decided that one need not believe in
G-D to be a Jew. They decided that
the manner to become a rabbi was to take some history courses
in a University and become involved in social issues. Traditionally
to become a Rabbi a man must believe in G-d, know that the Torah
is the word of G-d and abide by & perform the precepts in
the Torah. He must have expert knowledge in a multitude of subjects
relating to Jewish law, customs & history and must be deemed
to have a high moral character. A proficiency examination is
then administered by a Torah observant Rabbi
or a Torah observant Institution in order to
obtain his S’micha (ordination).
decided that you can be considered Jewish if your father is
Jewish even if your mother is not. Traditionally, the method
of determining if someone is Jewish is either he or she was
born of a Jewish MOTHER or he or she had a
"KOSHER" conversion according to
the requirements of the universal Halachah (traditional
Jewish law) administered by a Torah observant Rabbinical
the REFORMulation continues.
Observant/Orthodox Jews don’t usually associate (in religious
matters) with the breakaway groups or any other deviant forms
of practices calling themselves “streams”, “branches”
or “movements” of Judaism. Those groups then whine
that we are separating ourselves from them (!) or that we are
somehow to blame for their problems.
are some “Modern Orthodox” Rabbi’s who will
associate with the other groups and some may even sit on their
boards for matters relating to community or civic affairs but
nobody recognizes or approves of their
religious practices and views.
have nothing in common with their
so called Rabbis. They do not represent
us. Their idea of Jewish practice
is different than ours. Their
laws and practices can arbitrarily change and are regularly
changed at their annual convention. Our Traditional laws cannot
and are not changed but are applicable to everyday life
throughout the generations.
reformulated Coke was a short-lived failure but Coke Classic
is still around.
“It’s the Real Thing!”