Reform Judaism


: Judaism marked by a liberal approach in nonobservance of much legal tradition regarded as irrelevant to the present and in shortening and simplification of traditional ritual compare conservative judaism, orthodox judaism

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Reform Judaism was circa 1905

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“Reform Judaism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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Reform Judaism

: a 19th and 20th century development of Judaism marked by the nonobservance of much legal tradition no longer considered appropriate, by simplified traditional ceremonies, and by stress on the religious rather than the national quality of Judaism

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