Jewish Denominations: Emergence and Growth

Modernization and its discontents.

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From Germany the Reform movement spread, becoming particularly active in the New World, where the most influential American Jews, led by German Reform rabbis, adopted Reform wholeheartedly. Since World War II, however, in many Reform circles, a greater awareness of traditional values has become evident. Some reform Rabbis have argued for a greater appreciation of halakhah [traditional Jewish law and practice], which, they maintain, possesses its own wisdom and insight.

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Rabbi Louis Jacobs

Rabbi Dr. Louis Jacobs (1920-2006) was a Masorti rabbi, the first leader of Masorti Judaism (also known as Conservative Judaism) in the United Kingdom, and a leading writer and thinker on Judaism.